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Mayerling (1968)

Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Claude Anet (novel), Michel Arnold (novel) (as Michael Arnold) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sharif ... Archduke Rudolf
Catherine Deneuve ... Maria Vetsera
James Mason ... Emperor Franz-Josef
Ava Gardner ... Empress Elizabeth
James Robertson Justice ... Prince of Wales
Geneviève Page ... Countess Larish (as Genevieve Page)
Andréa Parisy ... Princess Stephanie (as Andrea Parisy)
Ivan Desny ... Count Hoyos
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Moritz Szeps
Mony Dalmès Mony Dalmès ... Baroness Vetsera (as Mony Dalmes)
Moustache ... Bratfisch
Fabienne Dali ... Mizzi Kaspar
Roger Pigaut ... Count Karolyi
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Loschek
Véronique Vendell ... Lisl Stockau (as Veronique Vendell)
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Storyline

It's the late nineteenth century Austria. The Emperor Franz-Joseph and his son, the Crown Prince, Archduke Rudolf, have never seen eye to eye. While the Emperor retains the traditions of the empire in the rapidly changing world keeping it a police state, Rudolf is liberal, wanting to see the people have a say in what happens in their lives. Rudolf even rejected the Emperor's choice of a Spanish wife for him, he instead choosing Belgian Stephanie as his wife, that marriage which he himself never saw and will never see as anything more than a political alliance, Stephanie who he considers a shrew. While Rudolf has almost an unhealthy infatuation with his mother, the Empress Elizabeth, she has largely been an absent figure from Vienna and thus his life. As Franz-Joseph has had his steady mistress in Elizabeth's frequent absences, he has allowed Rudolf to have the same in the form of actress Mitzi Kaspar as the Emperor knows she could never be more than a dalliance and as she retains a ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

No one woman could satisfy him...until he fell in love.

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related scenes | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mayerling faciasi See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner Classic Movies)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 70 mm 6-Track (UK release) (RCA Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Marcello Mastroianni was the original choice for the crown Prince while Alec Guinness was being pursued to play his father. See more »

Goofs

The Prince of Wales says that Wilhelm (referring to Kaiser Wilhelm II) was his "cousin" when in fact he was his nephew. The Prince of Wales was the son of Queen Victoria; Kaiser Wilhelm was her grandson. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Losch: Papers.
Archduke Rudolf: I haven't any.
Archduke Rudolf: Your name, then.
Archduke Rudolf: Rudolph.
Inspector Losch: Rudolph what?
Archduke Rudolf: Take your choice: Rudolph, Franz, Charles.
Inspector Losch: And no papers? You're going to be lucky, my little humorist, if you...
[looks up, then slowly rises to his feet]
Inspector Losch: Your Royal Highness! You will forgive me?
Archduke Rudolf: I will forgive you, naturally. And you, in return, will forgive these, these friends of mine and release them at once.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear against of a colour-changing background of glass frosted with ice flowers. At times, the ice is cleared, as though by a warm breath, and reveals the double-headed eagle of the Austro-Hungarian empire. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are 2 versions of this movie released on 2 DVD by Studio Canal France : The International Version and the French Version. Many scenes when Omar Shariff and Catherine Deneuve are together have been filmed twice, once in English and once in French. The editing and the running time is different. See more »

Connections

Remake of Mayerling (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

Radetzky-Marsch
Composed by Johann Strauss Sr.
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Better watch the 1936 version
19 December 1999 | by jjpSee all my reviews

Mayerling is supposed to be a story of love and passion set in the backdrop of political turmoil in the austro-hungarian empire. The problem is there is very little passion in this movie. Catherine Deneuve, which I usually love, and Omar Sharif give such wooden performances that it is hard to imagine they would die of love. Ava Gardner is about as bad and James Mason does hardly better. Only James Robertson Justice and Genevieve Page seem to believe in what they are doing.

As far as the political story, you will not know very much more of the state of the empire after seing the movie. Characters drop by Omar Sharif once a while without enlightening us very much about their problems and goals. The only redeeming values are production values which are quite good. Better watch the original French movie with Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux.


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