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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.

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Axel Corti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Dalton ... Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo
Valeria Golino ... Jeanne de Luynes
Stéphane Freiss ... Le Comte di Verua
Robin Renucci ... Charles de Luynes
Margaret Tyzack ... La Comtesse douairière
Eleanor David ... La Reine
Paul Crauchet ... Le Duc de Luynes
Amy Werba Amy Werba ... Heloïse
Franco Valobra Franco Valobra ... Le Duc d'Aoste
Francesca Reggiani Francesca Reggiani ... Marie Christine
Leonardo Ruta Leonardo Ruta ... Le Prince Vittorio
Luigi Bonos Luigi Bonos ... 2nd Priest (as Gigi Bonos)
Elisabeth Kaza Elisabeth Kaza ... Countess Trevie (as Elizabeth Kaza)
Lea Padovani ... Countess Cumiana
Anna Bonaiuto ... Countess Longhi
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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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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

Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: You've been very cruel.
Jeanne de Luynes: Not on purpose.
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: You've shown people what it is to be happy. Both of you. I like your husband. He's embarrassed, but he's trying not to show it.
[... ]
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: You show people how much he has to lose. Which makes me wonder does he have the strength to keep it?
Jeanne de Luynes: He has it.
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: Good. Because people can be very unscrupulous
[pause]
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: when they see things they can't have.
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Soundtracks

Miserere
Written by Gregorio Allegri
Performed by The Tallis Scholars
Directed by Peter Phillips, soprano soloist: Alison Stamp.
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Very pretty, but could have had more grunt
26 March 2004 | by rowena-8See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie but it did fall short of the great film that it should have been. Main strengths were the stunning visual aspects and Timothy Dalton's mesmerising performance. Surely he has to be the most underrated actors of our time. His portrayal of psychological complexity in his characters in unmatched. Weak points are the jumpy plot, erratic editing (apparently a lot of scenes were cut) and lack of bodice ripping scenes. There is plenty of emotion but the steaminess is mostly implied. Still worth seeing, particularly for Dalton fans or for lovers of historical costume drama.


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