A retelling of the tragic love affair between Austrian Archduke Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vetsera.A retelling of the tragic love affair between Austrian Archduke Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vetsera.A retelling of the tragic love affair between Austrian Archduke Rudolf and Baroness Mary Vetsera.
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.
Good story but smutty
I just happened upon this two part movie while scrolling for period dramas. The casting is excellent, as other reviewers have noted, and the cinematography, costumes, etc., are top notch. What I find disturbing are the many sex scenes that seem to be creeping in to every movie made nowadays. I will not watch the smut so I found myself fast forwarding through much of it. This Prince apparently spent half his time in bordellos of one sort or another. There are ways to indicate what's going on without zooming into the action and forcing it on the audience after all-remember Rhett Butler carrying Scarlet up the stairs? For those of us who want to see clean historical dramas I guess we are just stuck with Jane Austen.
- Jan 14, 2019
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