This film from Belgian director Gérard Corbiau is loosely based on a study by Philippe Beaussante entitled Lully ou le musicien du soleil concerning the life of Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), composer and conductor to the court of Louis XIV. Louis XIV (1638-1715) was crowned at age five but took charge of things only in 1661 after the death of Cardinal Mazarin. He was fond of dancing as a boy and in 1651 performed publicly for the first time in Ballet de la Nuit accompanied by Lully. The composer later wrote other ballets for the young king and became his trusted adviser. At the king’s request he also composed music for the plays of Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (better known as Molière). The film focuses on the relationship between the king, Lully and Molière, friendly for a time, later tainted by envy and especially by the coolness of the young monarch who had meanwhile matured into the Sun King. –KVIFF
Gérard Corbiau (born 19 September 1941) is a Belgian film director. Corbiau was born in Brussels, Belgium. He is best known for his costume dramas about music, Le maître de musique (1987), Farinelli (1994) and Le roi danse (2000). Two of them (Le maître de musique and Farinelli) were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He currently lives in Belgium and is working on several projects. —Wikipedia
Otra de esas peliculas que muestran lo mejor y lo peor de la "calidad francesa". El film es deslumbrante en el aspecto visual y sonoro, sin embargo, la historia y el guón carecen casi totalmente de consistencia, asi como el desempeño del reparto, bastante solemne y estereotipado de a ratos. Eso si, uno se da cuenta de por qué las obras de Moliere provocan una hueva de aquellas: según la tesis de la pelicula, todos sus escritos no eran más que una colección de grilla cortesana y chistes privados. Para mamadas, las propias.