Angélique and the King

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German title Angélique and the King
Original title Angélique et le roy
Country of production France , Italy , Germany
original language French
Publishing year 1966
length 100 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Bernard Borderie
script Alain Decaux
Bernard Borderie
Francis Cosne
Pascal Jardin (dialogues)
production Francis Cosne
music Michel Magne
camera Henri Persin
cut Christian Gaudin

Angélique and the King (original title: Angélique et le roy ) is a feature film from 1966 directed by Bernard Borderie in a French-German-Italian co-production. The film is the third part of the film series based on the novel Angélique by Anne Golon .


Angélique lives with her husband Philippe de Plessis-Bellieres at the court of Versailles. But Philippe tries to make life difficult for her because Angélique forced him to marry. When she finally wins his love, Philippe dies in the War of Flanders.

The king takes a liking to the young widow, and there is a rumor at court that Angélique might be the king's new favorite. Louis XIV hires Angélique to mediate with the Persian ambassador and gives her court offices. This does not escape the royal mistress, Madame de Montespan . Full of envy, the Montespan tries with the help of the poisoner Voisin to get Angélique out of the way. But since Angélique still has contacts with the Parisian underworld, she and her allies can prevent the machinations of the Montespan.

Angélique refuses to submit to the king and accuses him of being guilty of the death of her first husband, Jeoffrey de Peyrac. Louis XIV tells her that the count is still alive, and Angélique draws new hope. One night Angélique wakes up and sees Jeoffrey standing in front of her bed. This escapes from her and disappears into the darkness. He leaves Angélique crying with desperation, who soon sets out to follow his trail.


In contrast to the novel of the same name, the film Angélique and the King largely omits the power struggle between Angélique and Philippe de Plessis-Bellieres. The film includes numerous authentic historical personalities in its plot, including Madame de Montespan , Louis XIV , La Voisin , Claude de Vin des Œillets and Jean-Baptiste Colbert , as well as the poison affair , a series of poisonings during the reign of Louis XIV a.

The costumes were designed by Rosine Delamare , the equipment is by Robert Giordani . The film was released in French cinemas on February 4, 1966.

After being published on VHS video, the films in the Angélique series have been available in the original French version since 2007 and in German in a five-part DVD / Blu-Ray box since 2012.

In 2013, a new film was made under the title Angélique , based on the first four volumes of the new publication from 2008.


"Continuation of the Angelique series in the usual mixture of pseudo-historical picture book and eroticism, intended to be effective ."

"The mixture of sentimentality, brutality and authoritarian thinking means that the film is not recommended for young people and adults."


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  1. ↑ Cinema release at
  2. Angélique and the King. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. Evangelischer Presseverband Munich, Review No. 91/1966