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The King's Whore

  • Drama
  • History
  • 1990
  • Axel Corti
  • 89 mins
  • 15

Summary

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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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Timothy Dalton made this historical melodrama right after Licence to Kill, his second and final mission as James Bond. It must be said that his theatrical background serves him rather better in the role of an Italian king who takes a shine to the wife of a French count. She doesn't fancy him, however, and the king's passion leads him to declare war on France. Director Axel Corti evidently admires Barry Lyndon and has a clear view of what the 17th century looked, sounded and smelt like. It's a lavish movie, though there are the usual Europudding lumps: a mishmash of a cast and an uneven script written by many hands, including Frederic Raphael.

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Credits

Cast

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King Vittorio AmadeoTimothy Dalton
Jeanne de LuynesValeria Golino
Charles de LuynesRobin Renucci
Count di VeruaStéphane Freiss
ScagliaFeodor Chaliapin Jr
Duke of LuynesPaul Crauchet
Dowager CountessMargaret Tyzack
QueenEleanor David

Crew

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DirectorAxel Corti

Details

Theatrical distributor
Premiere Distributing
Languages
English | French
Guidance
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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