The King's Whore
|The King's Whore|
|Directed by||Axel Corti|
|Produced by||Maurice Bernart|
|Written by||Axel Corti
|Music by||Gabriel Yared|
|Edited by||Bryan Oates|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Running time||138 minutes|
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.
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.
- Timothy Dalton as Le Roi Vittorio Amedeo
- Valeria Golino as Jeanne de Luynes
- Stéphane Freiss as Le Comte di Verrua
- Robin Renucci as Charles de Luynes
- Margaret Tyzack as La Comtesse douairière
- Eleanor David as La Reine
- Paul Crauchet as Le Duc de Luynes
- Amy Werba as Heloïse
- Franco Valobra as Le Duc d'Aoste
- Francesca Reggiani as Marie Christine
- Leonardo Ruta as Le Prince Vittorio
- Luigi Bonos as 2nd Priest (as Gigi Bonos)
- Elisabeth Kaza as Countess Trevie (as Elizabeth Kaza)
- Lea Padovani as Countess Cumiana
- Anna Bonaiuto as Countess Longhi
- "Festival de Cannes: The King's Whore". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-05.