The Conjugal Bed (1963 film)

The Conjugal Bed (Italian: L'ape regina) is a 1963 Italian comedy film directed by Marco Ferreri. It was entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival where Marina Vlady won the award for Best Actress.[1]

The Conjugal Bed
(L'ape regina)
Film poster
Directed byMarco Ferreri
Produced byHenryk Chrosicki
Alfonso Sansone
Written byMarco Ferreri
Rafael Azcona
StarringUgo Tognazzi, Marina Vlady
Music byTeo Usuelli
CinematographyEnnio Guarnieri
Edited byLionello Massobrio
Release date
  • May 1963 (1963-05)
Running time
88 minutes


A wealthy car dealer called Alfonso decides to get married with Regina, a devoted Catholic girl, introduced to him by a friend. After the wedding, she reveals having a strong sexual appetite but only aimed at conceiving a baby. After getting pregnant the bride loses any interest in Alfonso. He gets ill and dies just as the baby is born.



  1. "Festival de Cannes: The Conjugal Bed". Retrieved 25 February 2009.

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