The King's Whore

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The King's Whore
The King's Whore.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Axel Corti
Produced by Maurice Bernart
Written by Axel Corti
Frederic Raphael
Jacques Tournier
Daniel Vigne
Starring Timothy Dalton
Music by Gabriel Yared
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Edited by Bryan Oates
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s)
  • 14 November 1990 (1990-11-14)
Running time 138 minutes
Country France
United Kingdom
Language French, English

The King's Whore (French: La putain du roi, Italian: La puttana del re) is a 1990 drama film directed by Axel Corti and starring Timothy Dalton. It was entered into the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


Set in the 17th-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.

Historical note[edit]

In the middle 16th century Duke Emmanuel Philibert moved the Duchy's capital from Chambéry to Turin. In the early 18th century the Savoy family acquired the title of Kings of Sardinia.


Originally picked up by Miramax Films for U.S. distribution, the film was never given the benefit of a U.S. theatrical release. The film was shown at various film festivals and in theaters overseas. The film was finally released on videocassette in 1993 by Vidmark Entertainment in the United States and in Canada by C/FP Video. In 2002, the film was released on a budget DVD by Platinum Disc, which was in full frame and did not contain any bonus material. The DVD has now been discontinued and as of March 22, 2010, no plans have been announced for a new DVD release of the film. Because of this, used copies of the DVD have gone up for as much as $78 online.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The King's Whore". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 

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