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Mar 30 2017

Review: "The Death of Louis XIV"

by Bill Curran

Laying in regal and rotting repose,the glorious tendrils of a white M-shaped wig framing his ashen face,King Louis XIV of France,in the year 1717,spends his final days dying atop luxurious satins and attended to by hand-wringing bureaucrats and a largely silent wife in Albert Serra's (you guessed it)The Death of Louis XIV.


As far as "death trip"movies go,Louis XIVis a quintessential ordeal.Like moths around the flame,the films in this still-thriving trend announce the demise (or prolonged distress) of their subjects up front,with imminence and duration the focus,often with a titular clue to the narrative framework:The Passion of the Christ,Last Days,12 Years a Slave,The Death of Mr.Lazarescu,4 Months,3 Weeks,and 2 Days,127 Hours,Day Night Day Night,Hunger,Two Days,One Night,andSon of Saul,to name but a few...

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