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Not bad! Not a classic, but not bad.
For one thing, the costumes are just wonderful, the creations of Walter Plunkett of "Gone with the Wind" fame. No, they're not authentic, but this was a Lana Turner movie, you know, not a BBC documentary. So, if you like gorgeous women in velvet and pearls, this is an appropriate flick for you. Lana is appealing and I didn't really mind Roger Moore, although another reviewer found him wooden. The real Henri II was a weakling--that why he was controlled by his mistress--so that a stronger performance would not really have made sense.
It is in the supporting performances that we have our best people. Sir Cedric Hardwicke is a Nostradamus-kind of astrologer who tells Henri's wife Catherine de Medici to dry her tears over her husband's lack of sexual interest and concentrate on her destiny as future Queen of France. Henry Daniell does a great job as Catherine's advisor who keeps those intrigues coming--always a joy to watch him. The actor playing King Francis I had a lot of bravado and some set of choppers. I liked him a lot.Read more ›
It was, as others here have noted, Lana's last film for the roaring Lion before she went on to a new fame at Universal. She gives one of her most gorgeous, impeccable performances, but I must admit Marisa Pavan in the supporting role almost steals the picture from her and should have been at least nominated for an Oscar. Her portrayal of the "other woman" requiring a full spectrum of emotions that fosters both good and bad audience reactions toward her is magnificent!
Also making it definitely worthwhile, as pointed out by other reviewers, are the breathtaking costumes designed by Walter Plunkett of "Gone With the Wind" wardrobe fame, and of course the always brilliant Miklos Rozsa music score. BUT, what really struck me the most are the final few minutes of the movie with an unexpected little added nuance that is so touching it has to be one of the tenderest heart-tugging endings of all time!
Lana Turner as Diane displays both intellect and beauty. She captures the fancy of the King of France who appoints her tutor to his youthful second son played by Roger Moore in his first screen appearance. After awhile, they become lovers - a poorly kept secret. But Moore must marry, and so he is betrothed to a very young and innocent Catherine de Medici whose family has secret plans for her future. Catherine consults a Nostradamus type seer in the form of Hardwicke who predicts a trio of sons in her future. More ominous is the vision of a young boy who accompanies Hardwicke; he sees a fatal tragedy in the future that involves "a cage of gold and a wild boar". After Catherine leaves H, he tells his companions that her husband who will become king is destined to be killed by his best friend. Shortly afterward, Moore and his bf go wild boar hunting. The forest of birch trees in which the boar is to be hunted takes on the appearance of "a cage of gold" in the eyes of Moore's friend. As the hunt continues, Moore is surprised by the boar and is gored but does not die. The prophecy is apparently averted. Moore recovers and his affair with Diane continues unabated.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you like 1950's films and/or like the actors, you will probably like it. I watched this because I recently learned about Diane De Poitiers and saw that there was a movie made... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane T.
This is a history type of story. The costumes were very expensive. Good acting by Lana and Roger.Published 7 months ago by Dennis F. Lasanen
If you love Lana Turner films and or history like i do this movie is a win win!....Lana is terrific as Diana de Portiers mistress of Henri II Valois of France..... Read morePublished 9 months ago by history buff
I have been fascinated by the story of Diane Di Portiers ever since we visited Château de Chenonceau. This film bears very little resemblance to the actual history. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Lorna Collins
Always loved the old fashioned movie stars. This is a great movie, love Lana Turner. The quality of the movie was greatPublished on March 9, 2014 by grannie1953
I like period piece movies Diane was good kept my interst and the script was good as well as the actors.Published on January 26, 2014 by Rudolf Salazar
Engaging old classic—with a glimpse of some very young actors who went on to become much more recognizable! ... Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by L. Combs
Remains mostly true to history and brings entertainment and glamour to the screen as well. Lana Turner should have made more of these historical costume movies as she portrayed... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by david erickson
It's a Hollywood take at French history, but one of the few movies that cover Diane de Poitiers as the central character. Great cast and lavish production values. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by S. I. H.
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