Let’s pick back up 1954’s Royal Affairs in Versailles with part two of this episodic look at French history. This time, we go from Louis XV to Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinette, and the French Revolution, with a little bit as Versailles becomes a museum in the 19th-20th centuries. As I wrote last week when I reviewed part one:
I’ve wanted to watch 1954’s Royal Affairs in Versailles (Si Versailles M’était Conté) for years because it features so many key figures from French history. But it’s been impossible to find with subtitles (in English or French)! I’m visiting Paris so France is on the brain, and I decided to finally sit down and watch it, whether or not I understand the rapid-fire, super-nasal French (which, nope, about 90% is going right past me)…
Read all of this review of Royal Affairs in Versailles (1954) here!
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My abiding impression from looking through the two articles on this film was that the director looked surprisingly convincing in the role of old Louis XIV, but then somebody mentioned ORSON WELLES AS BEN FRANKLIN and I may have lost my *** just a little.
Dagnabit, that’s a casting choice that deserves a much longer slice of movie to make it’s own!