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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 »

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writers:

Claude Anet (novel), Joseph Kessel (dialogue) (as J. Kessel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer ... L'archiduc Rodolphe
Danielle Darrieux ... Marie Vetsera
Marthe Régnier Marthe Régnier ... La baronne Vetsera (as Marthe Regnier)
Yolande Laffon Yolande Laffon ... L'archiduchesse Stéphanie
Suzy Prim ... La comtesse Larisch
Gina Manès ... Marinka
Odette Talazac Odette Talazac ... La nourrice de Marie
Nane Germon Nane Germon ... Anna Vetsera
Assia Granatouroff Assia Granatouroff ... La cousine de Marie (as Assia)
Christiane Ribes Christiane Ribes ... Une fille (as Ribès)
Gabrielle Dorziat ... L'impératrice Élisabeth
Jean Dax ... L'empereur François-Joseph
Jean Debucourt ... Le comte Taafe (as Debucourt)
André Dubosc André Dubosc ... Loscheck, le valet de Rodophe
René Bergeron René Bergeron ... Szeps (as Bergeron)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mayerlingi tragédia See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$240,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Nero Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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Version of Mayerling (2010) See more »

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G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald
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Composed by Johann Strauss
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Superb historical love-drama.
21 July 2002 | by silveraukSee all my reviews

Joseph Kessel and Marcel Achard turned the book of Claude Annet "Mayerling" into a strong script with time to overlook the political situation in the Austrian Empire at that time. The costumes of Annenkov are impressive and the music of Arthur Honegger "Musique Nouvelle" goes well with the pathetism of this flamboyant movie. The Austrian emperor Joseph (Jean Dax) is historically correct and Marie Vetsera (Danielle Darieux) and Rudolph of Habsbourg (Charles Boyer) form a convincing couple with much love but without future.


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