The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

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The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

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The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

Release Date: October 08, 1966

Year    :   1966
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Drama, History
Production Companies    :   Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française
Director    :   Roberto Rossellini
Producers    :   Claude Baks
Writers    :   Roberto Rossellini, Jean Gruault, Philippe Erlanger, Michelle Podroznik
RunTime    :   90 mins.

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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