Diane - courtesan of France

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German title Diane - courtesan of France
Original title Diane
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1956
length 110 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director David Miller
script Christopher Isherwood
production Edwin H. Knopf
music Miklós Rózsa
camera Robert H. Planck
cut John McSweeney Junior

Diane - Courtesan of France is a 1956 American period film directed by David Miller . The main roles were played by Lana Turner , Roger Moore and Pedro Armendáriz .

The film tells an episode in the life of Diana von Poitiers , based on the story Diane von Poitiers by John Erskine .


The action takes place in 16th century France. Diane de Poitiers, the mistress of Prince Henri, future King Henry II, rises to a position of absolute power through her manipulation of the men in her life. These men include King Francis I and Diane's husband, Count de Breze. Diane's main enemy is the scheming Catherine de Medici, who has found her master for the first time in her life.


Edmund Purdom was also in discussion for the role of Prince Heinrich before MGM Director Dore Schary awarded it to Roger Moore . Screen tests were made with Nicole Maurey for the role of Catherine de Medici , but she was not recorded because she spoke with a French accent. At the suggestion of Roger Moore, the Irishman Geoffrey Toone was hired as Duke of Savoy .

Roger Moore suffered a riding accident while filming when he lost his stirrups and was thrown from his horse at full gallop.

The film, shot in the widescreen CinemaScope format, turned out to be a financial flop, whereupon MGM terminated Roger Moore's five-year contract by mutual agreement.

The failure also had consequences for Lana Turner: Her contract with MGM was not renewed.


"World history à la Hollywood, reduced to splendid backdrops and costumes, to love and scandals."

"Large equipment, but little substance."

"A piece of world history in front of a great backdrop and in magnificent costumes."


role actor Voice actor
Diane de Poitiers Lana Turner Edith Schneider
Prince Heinrich Roger Moore Sebastian Fischer
King Francis I of France Pedro Armendariz Martin hero
Ruggieri Cedric Hardwicke Walter Suessenguth
Gondi Henry Daniell Werner Peters
Count Ludwig von Breze Torin Thatcher Paul Wagner
Alys Taina Elg ?
Regnault John Lupton Herbert Stass

Dubbing company: MGM Synchronization Atelier Berlin (1956)

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Roger Moore: The Autobiography: My Name is Bond ... James Bond. IP Verlag, 2009, ISBN 978-3-931624-62-0 , pp. 77-81.
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  4. Diane - courtesan of France at cinema.de
  5. Diane - Courtesan of France. In: prisma.de. prisma-Verlag , accessed on September 24, 2017 .
  6. Diane - Courtesan of France. In: synchronkartei.de. German dubbing file , accessed on September 24, 2017 .
  7. German synchronous database