The Taking of Power by Louis XIV


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Drama , History , Made in Europe


1h 30min

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Raymond Jourdan
Jean Baptiste Colbert
Cardinal Mazarin
Katharina Renn
Anne d'Autriche
Dominique Vincent
Madame Du Plessis
Pierre Barrat
Nicolas Fouquet
Fernand Fabre
Michel Le Tellier
Françoise Ponty
Louise de la Vallière
Joëlle Laugeois
André Dumas
Le Père Joly
François Mirante
M. de Brienne
Roger Guillo
Louis Raymond
Le premier médecin
Maurice Bourbon
Le deuxième médecin
Michel Ferre
M. de Gesvres
Guy Pintat
Le chef-cuisinier
Michelle Marquais
Mme de Motteville
Georges Goubert
M. de Soyecourt
Gilette Barbier
Pierrette Dufour
Jacques Charby
L'assistant de Le Vau
Michel Debrane
Le tailleur
François Bennard
Jean Soustre
M. de Guiche
Axel Ganz
Jean-Jacques Leconte
Le 1er Chambellan
Violette Marceau
Mlle de Chemerault
Paula Dehelly
Mme d'Elboeuf
André Daguenet
Le patron marinier
Jean Coste
Rita Maiden
Une paysanne
Jacqueline Corot
Madame Henrietta


Cardinal Mazarin dies, leaving a power vacuum in which the young Louis asserts his intention to govern as well as rule. Mazarin's fiscal advisor, Colbert, warns against Fouquet, the Superintendant who has been systematically looting the treasury and wants to be prime minister. Fouquet believes Louis will soon tire of exercizing power and overplays his hand by offering a bribe to Louis' mistress to be his ally. She reports this to the king who arrests Fouquet. Louis and Colbert design a brilliant strategy to keep merchants making money, nobles in debt, the urban poor working and fed, and peasants untaxed.

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