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Sarajevo (1940)

De Mayerling à Sarajevo (original title)
In the late 1800's, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He's already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this... See full summary »

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Max Ophüls

Writers:

Carl Zuckmayer (scenario), Marcelle Maurette (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edwige Feuillère ... La comtesse Sophie Chotek
John Lodge ... L'archiduc François Ferdinand
Aimé Clariond ... Le prince de Montenuovo (Sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Jean Worms ... L'empereur François Joseph (avec)
Jean Debucourt ... Janatschek (Sociétaire de la Comédie Française) (as Debucourt)
Raymond Aimos Raymond Aimos ... Le valet de François Ferdiand (avec) (as Aimos)
Gabrielle Dorziat ... L'archiduchesse Marie-Thérèse (et)
Henri Bosc ... L'ambassadeur de Serbie
Gaston Dubosc ... Le comte Chotek
Marcel André Marcel André ... L'archiduc Frédéric
Eddy Debray Eddy Debray
Jacques Roussel Jacques Roussel ... (as Roussel)
Colette Régis Colette Régis ... L'archiduchesse Isabelle
Sylvain Itkine Sylvain Itkine ... (as Itkine)
Jacqueline Marsan Jacqueline Marsan ... Une jeune archiduchesse
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In the late 1800's, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He's already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this love affair with someone not of royal blood breeches protocol. The Crown allows the union only after the couple agrees to a morganatic marriage. The emperor further neutralizes Franz by making him inspector general of the army, sending him afield for months at a time. In June of 1914, fearing for his safety, Sophie seeks permission to accompany Franz to Sarajevo; protocol dictates that no army troops attend Franz while she is present. An assassin strikes. Their deaths spark World War I. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trivia

Work on the film began in 1939 and was interrupted by the war. It was finished in the spring of 1940, only to be banned by the Germans. The first "official" premiere was 18 May 1945. See more »

Alternate Versions

One version ends with a scene of US troops marching through Paris in 1944. See more »

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A Rare Dud from Ophuls - Still Worth Watching
9 May 2003 | by dwingroveSee all my reviews

In theory, this should be an ideal subject for Max Ophuls. The star-crossed liaison between Archduke Franz Ferdinand - unwilling heir to the Habsburg throne - and his morganatic wife, Countess Sophie Chotek. Starting with their thwarted early romance, the script covers their quasi-legal yet implausibly happy marriage, and ends with the couple's assassination by a Serb terrorist in 1914. (The event that triggered World War I, as any high school student will tell you.) Heady stuff, but so starched and sterile in its handling, it recalls the historical pageants that Herbert Wilcox made for his wife Anna Neagle.

Of course, there are one or two fine sequences, where Ophuls' flowing and sinuous camerawork comes into its own. A few moments of bravura acting by the ever-magnificent Edwige Feuillere. (Notably, a scene where she turns down a court invitation to become the Archduke's mistress.) Weighing against that are a lumpish script, an absurdly propagandistic ending, a non-performance of such unerring dullness and rectitude by John Lodge that he already seems to have embarked on his later career in politics.

Sadly, I spent most of this film's running time simply waiting for it to begin. I only gave up once I realised it was almost over.

David Melville


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

29 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

From Mayerling to Sarajevo See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,247, 29 March 2015

Gross USA:

$5,247

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,247
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B.U.P. Française See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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