The King's Jester

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The King's Jester
Directed by Mario Bonnard
Written by Victor Hugo (play)
Tomaso Smith
Carlo Salsa
Mario Bonnard
Michel Simon
Starring Michel Simon
María Mercader
Rossano Brazzi
Doris Duranti
Music by Giuseppe Verdi (opera)
Giulio Bonnard
Cinematography Ubaldo Arata
Edited by Dolores Tamburini
Distributed by Scalera Film
Release dates 25 October 1941
Running time 92 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The King's Jester (Italian:Il re si diverte) is a 1941 Italian historical film directed by Mario Bonnard and starring Michel Simon, María Mercader and Rossano Brazzi. The film is an adaptation of the play Le roi s'amuse by Victor Hugo and uses music from Verdi's later opera Rigoletto.[1] It is set at the court of Francis I of France in the Sixteenth century.



  1. ^ Fawkes p.111


  • Fawkes, Richard. Opera on Film. Duckworth, 2000.
  • Klossner, Michael. The Europe of 1500-1815 on Film and Television. McFarland & Co, 2002.

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