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The King's Whore (1990)

La putain du roi (original title)
Set in the seventeenth century, an Italian nobleman weds an impoverished countess, who is wooed by the King of Piedmont and faces pressure from his entire court to succumb to his wishes.

Director:

Axel Corti

Writers:

Jacques Tournier (novel), Derek Marlowe (additional dialogue) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Dalton ... King Vittorio Amadeo
Valeria Golino ... Jeanne de Luynes
Stéphane Freiss ... Count di Verua
Robin Renucci ... Charles de Luynes
Margaret Tyzack ... Dowager Countess
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Scaglia (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Eleanor David ... Queen
Paul Crauchet ... Duke de Luynes
Arnoldo Foà ... 1st Priest
Lea Padovani ... Countess Cumiana
Anna Bonaiuto ... Countess Longhi
Caterina Vertova Caterina Vertova ... Countess Bassani
Federico Pacifici Federico Pacifici ... 1st Courtier
Amy Werba Amy Werba ... Heloïse
Francesca Reggiani Francesca Reggiani ... Marie Christine
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Storyline

The King of Piedmont is introduced to Jeanne, the beautiful young wife of one of his courtiers, with whom he falls madly in love the moment he sets eyes on her. Jeanne, very much in love with her own husband and wishing to be faithful to him, is disturbed by the king's advances and resists him. The king is obsessed with his desire for her and neglects his duties and his kingdom, until the entire court, including his wife and even Jeanne's own husband and his family, put pressure on Jeanne to give in to the king's wishes and become his mistress in order to save the king and the country. When her husband tells her it is her duty to serve the king and give in to his wishes, she goes to the king, but makes it very clear that she despises him and doesn't return his love for her. The king's passion for Jeanne never subsides and eventually goes so far that he loses a war when he returns home to nurse her through a near fatal illness instead of remaining with his troops and leading them in ...

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

French | English

Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final feature film of Marne Maitland. See more »

Quotes

La Comtesse douairière: To think that your bankrupt father hawked you to us like a peasant with no dowry.
Jeanne de Luynes: You're insulting me because you're frightened.
La Comtesse douairière: Yes, I am frightened. The entire court is. All because of you. His majesty has locked himself up in Rivoli. He assembled the court this morning and made it known that he will not return unless you'll join him. Who do you think you are?
Jeanne de Luynes: I love your son. I know he'll protect me. I'll send a courier to Madrid and he will...
La Comtesse douairière: He will not. I will not have you ruin my son's ...
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Soundtracks

Miserere
Written by Gregorio Allegri (as Allegri)
Performed by The Tallis Scholars
Directed by Peter Phillips
Soprano soloist: Alison Stamp
Courtesy of Gimell Records Ltd, Oxford, England
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Intense emotion
1 January 2001 | by dgoddessSee all my reviews

Timothy Dalton does it again! As I become a bigger fan of his I am amazed at the depth and emotion he lends to his characters. This movie has some plot weaknesses which I cannot decide if would be corrected by less or more film. Bravo to Timothy Dalton. His range of emotion is fantastic. Even when not speaking he conveys so much as when Jeanne finally comes to him. Dalton also continues to show off his sword prowess with a very complex scene near the end. Worth seeing!


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