The Death of Louis XIV

Jean-Pierre Lèaud and Louis XV in a scene from Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV. Courtesy of Cinema Guild.

Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Logan Center for the Arts
Screening Room
915 E 60th St

Selected by Alejandro Cesarco, The Death of Louis XIV (2016) is a sumptuous and wry chamber drama by Albert Serra, one of the most radical filmmakers working in independent cinema today. French New Wave legend Jean-Pierre Léaud stars as the elderly “Sun King,” whose demise plays out amongst a steady flow of doctors, courtiers, and relatives. With a contemplative pace and elegantly composed images, Serra draws on extensive historical research to recreate the final days of Europe’s longest-reigning monarch.