In the 16th century, a noblewoman has a love affair with the French king.

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Comedy | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Sherwood Nash is a swindler who bootlegs Paris fashions for sale at cut-rate prices. His assistant Lynn poses as An American interested in a dress and Snap conceals a camera in his cane. ... See full summary »

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Powell, Bette Davis, Frank McHugh
The Miracle (1959)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During the Napoleonic era, in Spain, a young postulant falls in love with a handsome British soldier who is recovering with others of his regiment after being wounded. Before leaving, he ... See full summary »

Directors: Irving Rapper, Gordon Douglas
Stars: Carroll Baker, Roger Moore, Walter Slezak
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A highwayman uncovers a plot to assassinate King Charles II.

Directors: Robert Z. Leonard, Hugo Fregonese
Stars: Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David Niven
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A local politician in Scotland tries to break the reporter who wrote a negative story about him, and who is also in love with his daughter.

Directors: Ian Dalrymple, Victor Saville
Stars: Vivien Leigh, Rex Harrison, Cecil Parker
Mr. Imperium (1951)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A beautiful singer/dancer turned actress and playboy crown prince turned monarch have their clandestine romance interfered with by their changing circumstances.

Director: Don Hartman
Stars: Lana Turner, Ezio Pinza, Marjorie Main
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young Viking prince strives to become a knight in King Arthur's Court and restore his exiled father to his rightful throne.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: James Mason, Janet Leigh, Robert Wagner
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Operating under royal orders, a count must woo a young and wealthy widow in order to save a kingdom from bankruptcy.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Lana Turner, Fernando Lamas, Una Merkel
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Rich playgirl Kit Jordan (nee Katherine Lawson Chandler) is in Acapulco vacationing with her current husband, Pete Jordan, formerly an American beach boy working the Acapulco shores for ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Singer
Stars: Lana Turner, Cliff Robertson, Hugh O'Brian
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Lana Turner, Jeff Chandler, Richard Denning
The Big Cube (1969)
Certificate: M Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A former actress clashes with her wealthy and spoiled stepdaughter over their inheritance after the death of their protector.

Director: Tito Davison
Stars: Lana Turner, George Chakiris, Richard Egan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A. J. Niles is the author of a series of 'Bachelor Books'. These books describe the romantic life of a bachelor in various cities of the world. But when he runs into trouble with the I.R.S.... See full summary »

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Bob Hope, Lana Turner, Janis Paige
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
Louis - Count de Breze
Taina Elg ...
Alys
John Lupton ...
Regnault
...
Ronald Green ...
...
Count Michel Montgomery
Geoffrey Toone ...
Duke of Savoy
...
Count Ridolfi
...
Lord Bonnivet
Melville Cooper ...
1st Court Physician
Edit

Storyline

Diane de Poitiers is in a childless marriage with count de Breze. When he is charged with treason, Diane visits king Francis I to successfully plead for her husband's life, something that start a rumor that she has offered her own services in return. Her husband reject her, leading Francis to ask her to come to the royal court to teach prince Henry how to be a gentleman. The prince and Diane fall in love and she becomes the prince's mistress, something that makes his wife Catherine de Medici her enemy. When the prince becomes the king of France, Diane is wielding considerable influence over him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Lana Turner dares the devil in... Diane

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 January 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Diane - Kurtisane von Frankreich  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(optical prints)| (Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The role of Prince Henri was intended for Edmund Purdom but he was turned down by Lana Turner. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, count Louis de Breze claims that he and Diane de Poitier had no children. Their marriage was not childless, they had two daughters, born 1515 and 1518. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.16 (1955) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
'You made me a prince...Now make me a king!"
12 December 1999 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Lana Turner was elegant and beautiful as the French courtesan, wearing through most of the motion picture dramatic black costumes... She came to the court of King Francis I to plead for the life of her husband, Count Louis de Brézé who was falsely accused of plotting against the King...

Count de Brézé (Torin Thatcher) suspected his release by an act of infidelity...

Francis I (Pedro Armendariz) was the King who in his person and actions combined the romantic ideal of the medieval knight-king and the refined humanism and art of the Renaissance... When he required Diane's presence, the Count felt his suspicious confirmed... Obviously he was wrong!

However, the real reason Diane has been called is to teach the King's, Prince Henri (Roger Moore), the graces of court life in preparation for his marriage to Catherine de Médici (Marisa Pavan). Impressed by her beauty, charm and political sageness, as well as her ability to cope with his son, the King keeps her at court...

Prince Henri fell violently in love with her...

When the King is killed in battle, Diane became mistress of Henry, now King of France... Throughout his reign, Diane held court as Queen of France in all but name... The real Queen was forced to live in comparative obscurity... Catherine soon comes to hate the woman who is her husband's real love...

But Henri's reign was short, due to Gondi (Henri Daniell) treachery...

Directed by David Miller, the film carried faithfully the 16th Century environment with an impressive stag hunt, an exciting encounter with a wild boar and a thrilling climactic jousting tournament...

Sir Cedric Hardwicke played Ruggiere, the master of astrology, master of the art of predicting... He gave the Queen of France much to think over when she visited him, and in that tournament he murmured: 'What must be... Will be!'

If you like to see history in movies, plus intrigue, politics, secret plotting, suspicion, disloyalty... and you love colorful spectacle, and you want to see Lana Turner's good-acting with Marisa Pavan - in her possibly the best role of her film career as Henri's menacing yet pitiable wife - well, don't miss this entertaining motion picture!


26 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Roger Moore queenanne
Discuss Diane (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?