Versailles. Season One

Versailles. Season One

DVD - 2016
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Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, c2016
Branch Call Number: DVD TV SERIES
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (approx. 549 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
Alternative Title: Versailles. Season 1

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LPL_EliH Sep 01, 2018

There's a long list of historical TV series that have played out in my periphery while I focus on things that I actually care about, an ambiance formed from The Crown, Call the Midwife, shows about the Tsars, etc. In relationship terms, that's what we call a compromise. But this time, Versailles stole my attention. It's hard not to get sucked in with its incredibly over the top presentation, oozing with drama and visual excess. The conspiracies and love affairs and twists go on and on, whisked forward by excellent and enjoyably hammy acting across the cast. Versailles is the perfect TV manifestation of a dude who spent $600,000 on buttons (according to buttons.com).

We watched the first 6 episodes, and the last 3. The plots and counter-plots become a little tedious after a while. Acting is convincing, and the settings are incredible. Amazing that the French allowed a British film company make a movie IN ENGLISH about their Sun King!

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Bookworm39
Apr 12, 2018

Great Series. Very good acting and story. Very entertaining, makes you want to see more. The Costumes and Hairstyles are Fantastic. Hope the Library will get another Season.

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t_naciuk
Dec 27, 2017

Lame, lame, lame. For starters, why do all period dramas have exceedingly similar plots? This is Vikings in France, with cutlery. Why do all the French aristocracy have British, even Cockney, accents? Why do they all have perfect teeth? And why do all the women have perfect figures? This show has everything to do with artistic license and nothing to do with the historical realities of the time. Don’t waste your time on this drivel. Pray for more Sopranos!

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EVM
Jul 03, 2017

Excellent, Excellent Excellent. Can't wait for season II in September.

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ba_library
Jun 14, 2017

Good miniseries based on Louis XIV (the sun king) the King of France. It starts with him moving royal administration to Versailles (his Father’s hunting lodge) with dreams and aspirations of building a magnificent palace. The nobility are not very excited about leaving Paris, but since Louis IS France, they must follow. The first season revolves around the move and his grandiose planning for the new palace and also includes a plot by unknown folk to kill the king. I was trying to place the actor portraying Louis XIV (he looked familiar) he played Athelstan the monk in the Vikings t.v.series. The King’s brother Phillipe is homosexual (Louis XIII just had the two sons) and Phillipe was often dressed as a girl as a child – his male lover is a questionable character. Phillipe’s wife Henrietta (the sister of King Charles II of England) is also Louis XIV’s lover (among others), so there are plenty of intertwined relationships that gets a bit confusing (to keep the story straight) which only add to the drama of the story. There is quite a bit of sexuality and nudity, but overall the story is quite interesting and fascinating. They are up to Season 3, so hopefully SPL will purchase Season 2 when available.

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jbrunson
Jan 29, 2017

In English, not French. :-( Entertaining, though more dramatic than the reality

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