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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
Nine Assia Nine Assia ... 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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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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G'schichten aus dem Wienerwald
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Enchanting !!!
15 April 2014 | by AtilianoSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie about 20 years ago in SBS Channel in Sydney, Australia. The movie was in the French language so I had to read the subtitles. It is a very old movie in B&W but it was a very enchanting movie. Danielle Darrieux was perfect for the role of the beautiful Anna Vetsera. Her acting was also perfect (for an innocent girl madly in-love with her prince). Whether the real Anna Vetsera was as innocent is beside the point. The movie was based on the true story of the love affair between the Archduke Rudolf (heir to the throne of Austria- Hungary) and his young mistress Baroness Anna Vetsera. They committed a suicide (or murder-suicide?) in 1889 in the Archduke's hunting lodge in Mayerling. Afterwards the title of Archduke passed on to the emperor's nephew, Franz Ferdinand (who became heir). Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in July 1914 in Sarajevo in Bosnia-Herzegovina which sparked the First World War. This movie has a very sad ending, with both lovers dying in the end. But the implications for the real world in that era was most terrible. It is a great wonder today whether there would have been war in 1914 had Rudolf lived and remained heir.

Recently, I was able to obtain a copy of the this movie and saw it again after 20 years. The movie did not disappoint and I can say that it is one of the best movies ever. It must have been such a sensation when first released in 1936.


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