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The King is Dancing

The King is Dancing

A Feature film by Gérard Corbiau

Produced by K-Star

Release in France : 06/12/2000


    At the age of 14, Louis XIV knows that he’ll rule France one day, but he also knows that everything will be done to prevent this from happening. It gives him a complex.
    Through dance, at which the young king excels, and through the music he creates for him, Lully, the royal composer, reveals the boy’s true nature to himself and to society at large.
    Thanks to these compositions and choreographies conceived to highlight his splendor, Louis bursts from his cocoon, the fully-fledged Sun King. Dancing, the royal being transcends its humanity; he becomes the Ideal Being, God on Earth… In him and through him, the State acquires a timeless, sacred, absolute rightness…
    Lully and his companion, Molière, are the two great orchestrators of this ballet performed on a royal scale. They’re the king’s magicians; Lully is his voice and, to a great extent, his soul.
    He adores the king with an intense, platonic infatuation that guides and governs him to his death. Lully believes the King cannot do without him. This delusion is his downfall, and Lully, after Molière, sinks into oblivion…

    Actors (36)

    Production and distribution (5)

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    Foreign production companies :

    RTL TVI Belgique, K2 Productions, MMC Movies Köln GmbH

    French distribution :

    Fox France

    Co-production :

    France 2 Cinéma

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    TF1 Studio

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    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Dominique Janne

    Foreign Producer :

    Bastie Griese

    Director of Photography :

    Gérard Simon

    Assistant Operator :

    Catherine Le Mignant-Labye

    Editors :

    Ludo Troch, Philippe Ravoet

    Production Designer :

    Hubert Pouille

    Costume designers :

    Olivier Bériot, Joséphine Gracia

    Location manager :

    Nadine Borreman

    Assistant directors :

    Boris Van Gils, Vincent Canaple, Nicola Oliverio

    Screenwriters :

    Andrée Corbiau, Gérard Corbiau, Ève de Castro, Didier Decoin, Philippe Beaussant

    Sound Recordist :

    Henri Morelle

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Karine Ménard, Laurence Granec

    Continuity supervisor :

    Patrick Aubrée

    Casting :

    Gérard Moulevrier

    Sound Mixer :

    Dominique Dalmasso

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Portrait, Drama, Historical

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    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, Germany

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Belgium, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 48 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD