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VERSAILLES Enters Its Third Season

BBC Two Enters Court Of ‘Versailles’ With Anglo-French Drama Pick-Up – Edinburgh

by Valerie Milano

 
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 7/21/17 – “I am the State!” (“L’État c’est moi”).  One of the most famous boasts in world political history is ascribed to Louis XIV of France.  In 1667 at the age of 28, Louis XIV moved the French court from Paris to Versailles, his father’s former hunting lodge, to eliminate feudalism and quell rebellion against the monarchy in his nobles.
Versailles Series 2, episode 1

This tense situation is brought to life in the 17th century period television series VERSAILLES, which premiered on 16 November 2015 on Canal+ in France and on Super Channel in Canada, in May 2016 on BBC2 in Britain, and on 1 October 2016 on Ovation in the U.S.

Versailles Series 2, Episode 3

The nobles of Paris gradually come to feel like birds in the gilded cage of Versailles, creating alcoves of vicious intrigues as the palace is being constructed.  Produced by Claude Chelli and starring George Blagden as Louis XIV,VERSAILLES has run for two ten-week seasons and was renewed for a third, for which filming began in April 2017.

Versailles Series 2 – Episode 4

In addition to the Palace of Versailles, many other splendid French castles were filmed for the depiction of the unfinished Versailles.  The period costumes in VERSAILLES are equally phenomenal.

Notable too are the sheer number of sexually graphic scenes which feature the womanizing king.  No less than six sex scenes appeared in Episode One alone! Sex and power go hand in hand (and elsewhere) throughout the steamy series.
 
Versailles Series 2 – Episode 4

King Louis XIV of the House of Bourbon, also known as Louis the Grand (Louis le Grand) and the Sun King (Le Roi Soleil), was put on the throne at just four years of age in 1643 and stayed there for nearly 72 years until his death in 1715.  To date this is longest recorded reign of any monarch of a sovereign nation in European history.

 
Versailles Series 2, episode 1

Le Roi Soleil believed in the divine right of kings and absolute rule, a system that endured until the French Revolution of 1789.  During Louis’ long reign, France was the leading European power.  His regime prefigured that of the would-be world dictator Napoleon Bonaparte and is thought to have many parallels with those of Putin and Trump in the present day. 

 
Versailles Series 2, Episode 3

VERSAILLES was created by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft. It is produced by Capa Drama, Incendo Productions, and Zodiak Media Group.

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