A political drama about Roald, a young man stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. Roald is politically ambitious but he does not have enough real-world savvy to protect himself from ... See full summary »
The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.
The fascinating story of a brave young scientist from 11th century Arabia. Ibn Al-Haytham embarks upon a quest to uncover ancient mysteries that would change our world forever. A journey of science from darkness into light.
After the death of the Queen, a King raises his two boys on his own, except one he treats as his own and the other as an outsider. With the Crown Prince next in line for the throne, the ... See full summary »
The film recounts the last years of the life of the Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf of Hapsburg until his tragic death in Mayerling. They are highlighted the difficult relationship with his father, the Emperor Franz Joseph, and the affectionate bond with his mother, the Empress Sissi; the failed marriage to Stephanie of Belgium; and his romantic relationships with the prostitute Mizzi Kaspar and the young Baroness Mary Vetsera, together with whom he will die in Mayerling. The film endorses the reconstruction according to which the Archduke apparently committed suicide, overwhelmed not only by a role that weighed and imprisoned, but also from the disappointment due to the low esteem that his father would usually express.
Max Von Thun is a descendant of Sophie Chotek, the spouse of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He was a first cousin of his character in this mini series. See more »
When Rudolf is having sex with Maria (Mary), a large tattoo on Max's upper left arm is visible through the poor makeup job. See more »
In Germany, broadcasting network ARD cut 85 minutes, leaving out the plot's political aspects to concentrate on the love story. Being a two-part movie in the original Austrian version, it was shown in one part. See more »
I can't vote as I haven't seen it yet, but am looking forward to that moment, especially as I enjoyed Omar Sharif and Catherine Deneuve in Mayerling. That was a splendid production.
This production will intrigue me though as the late Empress Zita insisted that they were murdered... Was she mistaken, or is that "truth" being ignored by the producer of this version?? I'm writing a script at the moment about the life of the Emperor Charles, and am making references to this part of the family history, so perhaps I'd better see this before I complete my story!
I'll be watching to see when the DVD is available. Or will it be released on TV in the UK? Can't wait!
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