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Mayerling (1936)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 September 1937 (USA)
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Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry... See full summary »

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Marthe Régnier ...
La baronne Vetsera (as Marthe Regnier)
Yolande Laffon ...
Suzy Prim ...
Gina Manès ...
Marinka
Odette Talazac ...
La nourrice de Marie
Nane Germon ...
Anna Vetsera
Nine Assia ...
La cousine de Marie (as Assia)
Christiane Ribes ...
Une fille (as Ribès)
Gabrielle Dorziat ...
L'impératrice Élisabeth
Jean Dax ...
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Le comte Taafe (as Debucourt)
André Dubosc ...
Loscheck, le valet de Rodophe
René Bergeron ...
Szeps (as Bergeron)
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Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry no weight. He agrees to marry a princess to sire an heir, then spends his nights as a playboy. In 1888, he meets Marie Vetsera, 17, a baroness's daughter. She is resolute, smitten, and wants nothing in return for her love. The Prime Minister is alarmed; he contrives to have her sent away. Rudolf sinks into dissipation. When she returns, how will the lovers handle the opposition of society and their families? Can Rudolf find a way for them to be together? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the first foreign films with sound to become a hit in the United States. It made an international star out of Charles Boyer. See more »

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Fine romantic tragedy
10 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on an historical incident, this story of aristocratic star-crossed lovers in the fading days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is essentially a shameless tear-jerker, but it's raised above its genre by the excellent acting of the whole cast, especially the astonishingly handsome Charles Boyer and the astonishingly beautiful Danielle Darrieux, and by its meticulous, richly atmospheric recreation of the opulence and decadence of late 19th century Vienna. The story has been the subject of several films, of which this 1936 version directed by Anatole Litvak is generally considered the best, though the 1968 remake with Omar Sharif and Catherine Deneuve is better known. B&W, in beautifully clear French (French actors always seem to know how to talk) with English subtitles. The new (2009) Criterion DVD has a very good transfer and makes this film once again available. Despite its historical inaccuracies and romance-novel sentimentality, the film is very entertaining, the period sets and costumes terrific, and the acting a joy to watch, so I'd recommend it to all.


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