La presa del potere da parte di Luigi XIV, Roberto Rossellini, 1966, 90 min

As a final part of this first exchange around the idea of recto/verso we wish to propose watching the film La presa del potere da parte di Luigi XIV realized by Italian filmmaker Rossellini. The story revolves around the figure of French king Louis XIV’s rise of power after the death of Cardinal Mazarin and is an interesting and rather direct representation of the connection and relation between the notions of power, light and visual. The “Sun King” being the light that only can make things to exist is a necessary condition for the actualization of the visual presence. Moreover, keeping in mind the famous image of the fireflies as in Pasolini’s poetic, the question on images and their significance acquires here even more importance and interest.

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