The King Is Dancing (Le Roi danse)
- January 21 at 7:30 pm
- Spadina Theatre, Alliance Française de Toronto, 24 Spadina Road (just north of Spadina subway station, on the west side of Spadina
- FREE admission!
Louis XIV, the French Sun King, has two passions: establishing absolute rule over the realm -after decades of religious/civil wars- by divine right, and artistic brilliancy as a dancer. He starts asserting himself against the entourage of his mother, the regent during his minority, by launching a 'fitting' new, mainly musical display of baroque show. The musical genius 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 of court composer into a 'ministerial portfolio of culture' of Cabinet rank.
The movie depicts the baroque era of Louis's reign in all its sumptuousness, and recreates some of his most famous dancing roles.
Release in December 2000 (115min)
Directed by: Gérard Corbiau
Stars: Benoît Magimel
Type: History, Music, Drama
The movie will be screened in French with English subtitles.
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