"The Man In The Iron Mask":The Absolute Monarchy Of France Revealed The film "The Man In The Iron Mask" is in part fictional with real historical roots dating back to the age of absolutism. The important people, places and events that shaped all of France are significantly depicted throughout the film. "The Man In The Iron Mask" portrays an accurate representation of the age of Louis XIV regarding his regime, landscape and courts, as well as French culture. Louis XIV's age of absolutism is mirrored in the film "The Man In The Iron Mask". This form of government is called an absolute monarchy where complete authority is given to one person. Born into royalty after his father Louis III, Louis XIV reigned as King of France from 1643 until 1715 as performed by Leonardo Dicaprio.
In an absolute state, the King rules by divine right accountable to no one but God. During the film Leonardo remarks to Christine, "As King I am ordained by God, I will not go to hell." King Louis XIV ruled over nobility and church, which was essential for him to gain full control with no limits to his power.
Louis XIV's desire for wealth, land, power and glory is seen in the eyes of Dicaprio. Louis XIV rated his personal interests and glory highly having nobility praise and dote on him constantly. However, Louis XIV ensured the vitality of France making it the centre for all of Europe blinded by the magnificence of Versailles. Louis XIV was a powerful and feared king whom gained and kept absolute control over all of France. Louis XIV also built a new court called the Palace of Versailles that reflected his prestige, which sets the scene for "The Man In The Iron Mask." The beauty of Versailles is depicted in the film with French Provincial style.
Beautiful paintings, marble, gold, tapestries, mirrors, chandeliers, and all elaborate things adorned the rooms and hallways of Versaille…