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Mayerling (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 13 September 1937 (USA)
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 ...
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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)
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L'impératrice Élisabeth
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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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13 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A mayerlingi tragédia  »

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(RCA Photophone)

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1.37 : 1
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Trade paper news item: "New York, Thursday, April 25, 1940: All prints of "Mayerling" will be withdrawn from circulation and further distribution (in the U.S.), according to I.E. Lopert, president of Pax Films, Inc." See more »

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Remade as Mayerling (1968) See more »

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A beautiful film lost in a `beater' print
26 July 2004 | by (Frostbite Falls, MN) – See all my reviews

Film lovers of a certain age will remember the cine-clubs and cinema societies where we cut our teeth on so many of the great classics. And, in this age of digital restoration and director's cuts, they will remember with ghastly fondness the `beater print'-a worn 16mm reel with hard-to-read subtitles, muddy greys, and blown-out whites. Well, here we have it. `Mayerling' is a beautiful film. Boyer (someone I'm not a fan of) is perfect as the impetuous, passionate prince. Darrieux has less to do but is so adorable you don't mind. Litvak's direction is superb, flitting in amongst the Viennese crowds to find the isolated lovers, the courtly grandeur of a 500-year-old empire, and the little touches that turn a good film great. But `Mayerling' is only available from Timeless Video of North Hollywood, CA. And it's an awful video. Half of the subtitles are below the screen, the scenes are mud, and the sound is so distorted you'd think you were watching a 1929 film. What to do? First off, don't buy *anything* from Timeless Video. Then wait for someone to realize a truly beautiful DVD of this great movie. Watching it in its current shape would merely spoil it for you.


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