King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf, and things aren't going well. The Austrians are inflicting major casualties, and his army is beginning to crumble. Defeat seems inevitable when a combination of events gives him hope that he may pull victory from the jaws of defeat after all.
Did You Know?
The movie contains a scene about a plan of the Habsburgers to poison King Frederic with hot chocolate. This is a not proven event. According to a legend his servant Christian Friedrich Glasow (not a french cook as in the movie) offered the king chocolate. Also unlike in the movie this event didn't kill anyone as Glasow warned the king in the last moment. It is also unknown if he actually wanted to poison him or if he was ordered to. Glasow himself died in 1757 in Spandau due to misuse of the government seal for private reasons. See more
Frederic the Great is celebrating his 50th birthday shortly before the invasion of Schwednitz, which was in October 1762. However his birthday was on the 24th January. But the year (1712) is correct. See more
[Luise is packing her things and takes some pictures from the wall, a picture of the young King Frederic II
I take all what is dear to me, what still remains. What you haven't burned or shot yet
King Frederick II
And this picture over there?
It can burn here. Just like he burned our windmill. That's what he made out of this country. Nice father of the country.
The closing credits show the lyrics to the poem "You black eagle" while a song with these words are sang. See more
Edited into The Marriage of Figaro