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The King Is Dancing (Version française)

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Corbiau repeats the Farinelli formula, artistic rivalry and social private drama expressed in dazzling, sometimes excessively lavish baroque scenery, music and costume, but this time in its ultimate setting: Versailles. There are two protagonists - first the title character, Louis XIV, the French sun-king who has two passions, establishing absolute rule over the realm -after decades of religious/civil wars- by divine right and artistic brilliancy as a dancer (like Nero wrote and performed musical poetry), and starts asserting himself against the entourage of his Medici mother, the regent during his minority, by building his palace complex and launching a 'fitting' new, mainly musical display of baroque show. Secondly the musical genius Gianbattista Lulli ('Jean-Baptiste') Lully, a Florentine upstart of unbridled ambition, quickly gains the king's absolute trust, despite the nationalist and aristocratic opposition to a low-born Italian, and thus turns the normally socially humble post ...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lully: It''s All About Me Dec 2 2011
By Jimmy M. Hamamoto - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The title, King Is Dancing, refers to young and older Louis XIV. The story, however, centers on Jean Baptiste Lully, the Italian composer and dance choreographer. Mr. Lully struggles to find a place for himself in the court and fights (dirty) to retain his place.

The music and dancing were great. There were plenty of good looking shots of the court and landscape. The story line plodded along. I only felt an emotional attachment to these characters: Lully's wife and Moliere; I don't know if it was intentional on the part of the script or direction, but all the other characters/actors left me cold.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Compelling and a Must-See! Nov. 14 2014
By LP Quagmire - Published on
Format: DVD
A fun treat for the fans; not surprisingly, the best scene is when they show Elvis filming the "Jailhouse Rock" routine. Highly recommended.