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La putain du roi (1990)

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.


Axel Corti
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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


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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French | English

Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The King's Mistress See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Malkovich turned down the lead role. See more »


First Priest: [in confessional] My daughter. At times circumstances require that the holy church takes care of the earthly well-being of the faithful. Do you understand me?
Jeanne de Luynes: No, my father.
First Priest: Great disquietude has overcome the king. The king is ill. That's not good for the country.
Jeanne de Luynes: The king is here. In this church, on his knees. He is staring at me.
Jeanne de Luynes: What are you telling me?
First Priest: The king feels a burning passion
First Priest: for you.
Jeanne de Luynes: Thou shall not covet thy neighbour's wife.
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Music for the funeral of Queen Mary
Written by Henry Purcell
Performed by The Monteverdi Choir & Orchestra and The Equale Brass Ensemble
Directed by John Elliot Gardiner
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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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