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The Death of Louis XIV
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August 1715. After going for a walk, Louis XIV feels a pain in his leg. Over the next few days, the king keeps fulfilling his duties, but his sleep is troubled and he has a serious fever. This is the start of the slow agony of the greatest king of France, surrounded by his relatives and doctors.

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In all playful seriousness, the master of slow cinema Albert Serra surprised audiences with this homage to the legendary Jean-Pierre Léaud. Seen as an allegory for the mythical actor’s own slow decline, this grandiose piece provides some of the most beautiful Versailles imagery ever seen on screen.