MIDAlpha TitleTitleYearColor/BWRunning TimeFormatsAbstractTopics
7581VERSAILLES 1998VERSAILLES 19981998color56 minvhs Presents a most comprehensive tour of Versailles, a wondrous collection of palaces, fountains, gardens whose sole function was to illuminate the realm of the Sun King and the French monarchs to follow him. Shows how the elaborate interior design and ornamentation drew the attention of the nation to the King as its center. Explains some of the ritualized life of the monarch--how his very rising in the morning was symbolized as the rising of the sun and Apollo. The extraordinary architectural planning and decoration is examined throughout the two main chateaux. The grounds are also explored and the brief presentation of the son et Lumiere at the end enables one to imagine a life surrounded by immense wealth and superior craftsmanship. (NOTE: The British narration is somewhat overwrought but it detracts only slightly from the visuals.)