The Conjugal Bed


1h 30m 1963

Brief Synopsis

A middle-aged car salesman, married to a nymphomaniacal wife, finally succeeds in getting her pregnant but suffers a fatal heart attack in the process.

Film Details

Also Known As
L'ape regina, Le lit conjugal, Queen Bee
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 16 Sep 1963
Production Company
Cocinor; Fair Film; Les Films Marceau; Sancro Film
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

At the age of 40, Alfonso, a partner in a successful automobile dealership, decides that the time has come to take a wife. Rejecting the female companions of his single days, he is assisted by a school friend, Father Mariano, in meeting Regina, a virginal, middle-class young woman. Following their wedding, Alfonso moves into his bride's home, a beehive of widowed aunts and cousins who anxiously await word of Regina's pregnancy. Regina's belief that a woman's function is to bear children leads her to make enormous physical demands upon her husband. His heart weakening under the strain, Alfonso appeals to Father Mariano, who assures him that Regina is a model wife. Alfonso is forced to submit to a painful series of hormone injections aimed at enhancing his virility. Finally he collapses and goes to the seashore to recuperate. Regina visits him periodically, and after a violent lovemaking session, Alfonso suffers a heart seizure. At last he learns that he has fulfilled his function and will become a father. Regina henceforth denies herself to her husband, and while Alfonso, now an invalid, is relegated to a maid's room, Regina consults with his partner at the automobile agency. Left alone to enjoy a short period of happy independence, Alfonso dies before the baby's birth.

Film Details

Also Known As
L'ape regina, Le lit conjugal, Queen Bee
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 16 Sep 1963
Production Company
Cocinor; Fair Film; Les Films Marceau; Sancro Film
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Rome in April 1963 as Una storia moderna (L'ape regina); running time 105 min; in Paris in June 1963 as Le lit conjugal; running time: 95 min. Alernative Italian title: L'ape regina. U. S. prerelease title: Queen Bee.

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Best Actress Prize (Vlady) at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall September 16, 1963

Released in United States Fall September 16, 1963