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Trade paper news item: "New York, Thursday, April 25, 1940: All prints of "Mayerling" will be withdrawn from circulation and further distribution (in the U.S.), according to I.E. Lopert, president of Pax Films, Inc." See more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