OCFF 2017: Death of Louis XIV – Spotlight Feature
DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (FRANCE, 115 mins) 12:45 PM – Sun June 11 – Texas Theatre
Dir. Albert Serra
R.I.Y.L – Ikiru, Barry Lyndon.
“Everything revolts me.” – King Louis XIV
The annual OCFF “Sunday Slow-Core” returns with French King Louis XIV (played to perfection by Jean-Pierre Léaud – the kid from 1959’s The 400 Blows!) wearing a wig and surrounded by servants who just want him to eat an egg. Candlelit Cinematography: Check; One Epic Dolly Shot with equally Epic Music Cue: Check; Crying out in the night for water: Check; Bloodletting and other questionable medical practices: Check. Nursing your hangover with the depiction of the laborious, painful death of an elderly king: Check!