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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 Roger Pigaut ... Count Karolyi
Bernard Lajarrige Bernard Lajarrige ... Loschek
Véronique Vendell ... Lisl Stockau (as Veronique Vendell)
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Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mayerling faciasi See more »

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Box Office

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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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 Queen Victoria is aged "85 " when she only lived till she was 81 when she died in 1901. She was aged 69 at the times of the events in this movie. See more »

Quotes

Archduke Rudolf: Where can I go? What shall I do?
Prince of Wales: You'll do the same thing as I shall do one day or another.
Archduke Rudolf: What's that?
Prince of Wales: Go back to my wife.
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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 »

Connections

Remake of Mayerling (1936) See more »

Soundtracks

The Waves of the Danube
Composed by Iosif Ivanovici
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User Reviews

More gorgeous than the Boyer version
21 September 2000 | by patrick.hunterSee all my reviews

Everyone agrees with this movie's virtues: its sets, costumes, and recreation of the era--all of which are impressively gorgeous. Kenneth Brannagh mentions that the look of the this film version influenced the setting/production design for his version of HAMLET (check out his audio commentary of the DVD, chap. 19). So MAYERLING has had its influence.

And, yes, quite a few of us recognize its shortcomings. Frankly, it doesn't possess the passion/romance one expects. Perhaps both Sharif and Deneuve are too intelligent to be believable for a romantic suicide, but whatever it is, somehow the oomph one hopes for is missing. Nevertheless, it's still fascinating, and while not as involving as the Boyer version, it's got more historical detail and background.

And yes it's worth comparing/contrasting with THE ILLUSIONIST.


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