8 thoughts on “TBT: L’Allée du Roi (1996)

  1. Oh, I knew you’d love it! And the fact that it was one of the few films that was shot on location at Versailles doesn’t hurt either.
    I get you with the Magimel appreciation (nice legs, eh?), but I think Sandre does quite a job on an older, more mature Louis.
    Which was Montespan downfall, in the end: The sun king changed, and she could only do more of the same, so she got desperate and did something stupid.
    Still, Louis, boinking the babysitter… How very Hollywood of you! lol

  2. I had NO idea that this film existed! I have the translated novel (it was on French best-seller lists for over a year). My husband had purchased it before we met and he was ready to give it away when I pounced on it. BTW, Madame de Maintenon was not illegitimate; her parents were married. She was baptized Roman Catholic but raised Protestant by her aunt until forcibly removed from her aunt’s care and put into a convent to ‘re-educate’ her. Her story is AMAZING. Madame de Montespan comes across in the novel as both likable and horrible, so it seems the film followed the novel in this respect very well! I’ll have to find the DVD – thanks for posting!.

  3. Benoit Magimel sigh, pant, drool. Ad infinitum.
    BTW I cannot locate a Region 1 Le Roi Danse. Please help. I’ve seen stuff on YouTube, but not whole movie.
    Will comment further on post later.😇

    1. I got the DVD from Amazon today and watched the first part. SOOOO much better than ‘Versailles’. When I purchased it there were 3 copies available – they may be gone by now.

  4. One of the greatest period films about the king and one that did the king justice. Not a man to be loved, but to be admired. A man as an institution. Dominique Blanc one of the greatest actresses of France for all time. Her smile and eyes are exceptional.

  5. I’m french and I remember watching it on TV when I was a child. It made such a strong impression on me than in my middle school years, my bestfriend and I knew the lines by heart : the dialogues are so well written, mesdames Maintenon and Montespan’s exchanges are exhilarating, they say such horrible things in such a nice way it’s simply amazing. The main actors are simply perfect (Blanc’s eyes are mesmerizing and her arms are so delicate and graceful she looks like a porcelain doll), and gosh don’t get me started on the costumes, they’re just GOALS.
    My love of my country’s history began with this 2 parts miniserie and only grew with other biopic of historical figures (I think Elizabeth sealed my love for costumes and history in high school).
    Anyway, glad you liked it, the story is quite amazing in itself, and this movie is diligent but not boring or soulless. If you ever need french traduction, don’t hesitate to reach to me, I have quite a good understanding at english and french is my mother tongue.
    Cheers! <3

  6. I´ve been binge reading your posts about 17th centruy period dramas (for inspiration and also to prove my love to some of them) and oh God…is Madam the Montespan wearing the same blue dress as Flora in the production of Atys by Les Art Florissants?! I saw this movie so many times, how could I miss it? :D I love it, when the costumes are reused (and sometimes updated) for a different project.

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