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Roi Danse, Le

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I watched Le Roi Danse (The King is Dancing) at the theatre, and bought the DVD at a local retail store. Watching this DVD reminded me of what I liked and dislike about this French film when I saw it in the big screen a few years ago. Like: an interesting subject, beautiful costumes and sets, and a sublime soundtrack. Dislike: lacks the charm, emotional impact and drama of Amadeus. For those unfamiliar with the story, Le Roi Danse is about the early reign of France's Louis XIV and the Sun King's love for music, theatre, and dance. The King tried to do his own dancing, and the Baroque composer Lully (who came to the French court from Italy) was not only happy to provide grand and majestic background music, but was also seemingly obsessed with the young monarch in many ways. Meanwhile, Lully developed a collabative relationship (and friendship) with the great French comic playwright Moliere. While the young Louis exercised increasing personal rule over his realm, his court's artistic scene underwent ideological shifts from piety to comedy and then to tragedy. This film will certainly interest fans of Baroque music and early modern theatre, but may confuse (and bore) the lay person looking simply for an enjoyable story. This DVD features video in letterbox (not true Widescreen) format with a French Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 soundtrack. No English track, only subtitles. The extras (trailer, bios, and "behind the scenes" featurette) are also in French only. Note to parents: there is explicit nudity and talk of certain adult-oriented subject matter that may be hard to explain to young children.
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting but emotionally flat music history movie March 8 2003
By KENNY NG - Published on Amazon.com
I watched Le Roi Danse (The King is Dancing) at the theatre, and bought the DVD at a local retail store. Watching this DVD reminded me of what I liked and dislike about this French film when I saw it in the big screen a few years ago. Like: an interesting subject, beautiful costumes and sets, and a sublime soundtrack. Dislike: lacks the charm, emotional impact and drama of Amadeus. For those unfamiliar with the story, Le Roi Danse is about the early reign of France's Louis XIV and the Sun King's love for music, theatre, and dance. The King tried to do his own dancing, and the Baroque composer Lully (who came to the French court from Italy) was not only happy to provide grand and majestic background music, but was also seemingly obsessed with the young monarch in many ways. Meanwhile, Lully developed a collabative relationship (and friendship) with the great French comic playwright Moliere. While the young Louis exercised increasing personal rule over his realm, his court's artistic scene underwent ideological shifts from piety to comedy and then to tragedy. This film will certainly interest fans of Baroque music and early modern theatre, but may confuse (and bore) the lay person looking simply for an enjoyable story. This DVD features video in letterbox (not true Widescreen) format with a French Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 soundtrack. No English track, only subtitles. The extras (trailer, bios, and "behind the scenes" featurette) are also in French only. Note to parents: there is explicit nudity and talk of certain adult-oriented subject matter that may be hard to explain to young children.
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