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Diane (1956)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 12 January 1956 (USA)
In the sixteenth century, a noblewoman has a love affair with the French King.

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David Miller
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lana Turner ... Diane de Poitiers - Countess de Breze
Pedro Armendáriz ... King Francis I
Roger Moore ... Prince Henri
Marisa Pavan ... Catherine de Medici
Cedric Hardwicke ... Ruggieri
Torin Thatcher ... Louis - Count de Breze
Taina Elg ... Alys
John Lupton ... Regnault
Henry Daniell ... Gondi
Ronald Green Ronald Green ... The Dauphin
Sean McClory ... Count Michel Montgomery
Geoffrey Toone ... Duke of Savoy
Michael Ansara ... Count Ridolfi
Paul Cavanagh ... Lord Bonnivet
Melville Cooper ... 1st Court Physician
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Storyline

Diane de Poitiers is in a childless marriage with count de Breze. When he is charged with treason, Diane visits king Francis I to successfully plead for her husband's life, something that start a rumor that she has offered her own services in return. Her husband reject her, leading Francis to ask her to come to the royal court to teach prince Henry how to be a gentleman. The prince and Diane fall in love and she becomes the prince's mistress, something that makes his wife Catherine de Medici her enemy. When the prince becomes the king of France, Diane is wielding considerable influence over him. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Lana Turner dares the devil in... Diane

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Diane - Kurtisane von Frankreich See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,660,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Prince Henri was intended for Edmund Purdom, but he was turned down by Lana Turner. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, count Louis de Breze claims that he and Diane de Poitier had no children. Their marriage was not childless, they had two daughters, born 1515 and 1518. See more »

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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.18 (1956) See more »

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Stunningly bad

I've said it before and I'll say it again - if a movie features actors solemnly turning away from each other to stare into the middle distance while spewing gibberish dialogue, it is more than likely a bona fide bowser. It works in Shakespeare because actors are speaking poetry, and as long as you halfways understand what they are trying to say, it's powerful and moving. But when Hollywood hacks try it, with lines written by other Hollywood hacks, it comes across as self-important tripe. On top of that, if instead of seasoned thespains you have pretty boys like Roger Moore, you're in trouble. Pile on the marquee with Inert Carbon Rods like Lana Turner and your move veers dangerously from bad to farce. The low point comes about 45 minutes in when they've got some Hollywood Blvd teen staring into a crytal ball and making bold predictions. It looks like they didn't even bother rustling up a costume for the kid, just dragged him right off the stroll. This is an epic. As in epically bad.


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