The King Is Dancing

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  108 min.
Release Date: May 4, 2001

Current rating: Rating: 4.49
based on 84 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Tcheky Karyo, Benoît Magimel, Boris Terral


On his deathbed, musician Jean-Baptiste Lully remembers the outstanding points of his life and career. In the early 1660s, young King Louis XIV puts Lully in charge of the court's music, counting on him to create sumptuous ballets. The ambitious Lully has made many enemies within the court, including the composer Cambert, when he marries his beloved Madeleine. Brought to collaborate with Molière on many musical comedies, Lully ends up betraying him when he obtains the exclusive rights to produce musical shows from the king. This monopoly bestows upon him the title of creator of the French opera.

Director: Gérard Corbiau
Studio: Le Studio Canal+
Producer(s): Dominique Janne
Screenplay: Andrée Corbiau, Gérard Corbiau, Didier Decoin, Éve de Castro
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  • 5 stars "A superb film well worth watching repeatedly. Benoit Magimel is impeccable as the Sun King, Louis XIV, in his prime. I cannot count the times I watched the scene (52:35-54:55 min.) where he condemned Lully for his conduct and told him that he had no friends. Such aloofness is truly regal. Highly recommended to everybody who has liked "Farinelli"."