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Kronprinz Rudolfs letzte Liebe (1956)

| Drama, History | 1959 (USA)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kronprinz Rudolf
Christiane Hörbiger ...
Baroneß Mary Vetsera (as Christiane Hörbiger-Wessely)
Gräfin Larisch
Kaiserin Elisabeth
Erik Frey ...
Kaiser Franz Joseph
Bratfisch, der Kutscher
Adrienne Gessner ...
Baronin Vetsera
Greta Zimmer ...
Kronprinzessin Stephanie (as Grete Zimmer)
Erzherzog Johann Salvator
Karl Ehmann ...
Loschek, Diener
Otto Wögerer ...
Krauß, Polizeipräsident
Josef Kahlenberg ...
Adjutant des Kaisers
C.W. Fernbach ...
Adjutant des Kronprinzen
Eduard Volters ...
Karl Schwetter ...


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1959 (USA)  »

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Mayerling  »

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The director insisted that Christiane Hörbiger used both her parents' names (Wessely and Hörbiger) to leave the audience no doubt whose offspring she was. See more »

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Morbid and mysterious...
6 June 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

This is one of the more interesting and underestimated Austrian films of the fifties, especially if you compare it to the typical "imperial" melodramas a la "Sissi" with Romy Schneider. The story of the unhappy and depressive crown prince Rudolf has been filmed several times, but never in such a fascinating and deeply morbid way. Rudolf Prack's performance is probably the best of his whole career, Christiane Hörbiger's debut is moving but not too sweet (in fact she is playing much harsher and more realistic a part that would have been tailor-made for young Romy Schneider). Lil Dagover, the "Grand Dame" of German cinema delivers a convincing portrait of the "old" empress Elisabeth (Sissi), trying to get away from her husband as often as possible and leaving her son to desperation and loneliness. The way Jugert uses color is remarkable and completely different from other German or Austrian films of that period. Everything is dark and gloomy and the coloured walls, curtains and tapestries seem to be as overripe and decaying as the whole house of Habsburg. Don't miss the gloomy beginning with the burials of Rudolph and his young mistress which sets the atmosphere for the rest of the film.

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