Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

My review of the new Criterion DVD is up on the TCM website. It may be a bit too routine, focusing on the quasi-Brechtian aspect of the film (though from what I gather Rossellini wasn't nearly as interested in the political as in re-thinking the historical presentation) and as a result may not quite convey how much I liked the film. In fact I've been thinking about watching it again but have so much other stuff that probably won't for a few months. Maybe I should get some of Rossellini's other historicals from Netflix first.