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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

Although she plays his mother, Ava Gardner is only nine years older than Omar Sharif. See more »

Goofs

The Prince of Wales is consistently referred to as Prince Edward. In fact he would have been referred to as Prince Albert and in the company of peers simply as Bertie. He was Christened Albert Edward after his father and his Maternal Grandfather. He ruled and reigned under the name of King Edward VII. See more »

Quotes

Emperor Franz-Josef: Rudolph, what is this wall between us?
Archduke Rudolf: You should know, you built it. You tear it down, Father.
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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

Referenced in When Father Was Away on Business (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

The Waves of the Danube
Composed by Iosif Ivanovici
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NON-FICTION OR OTHERWISE, A LOVELY FILM!
6 August 2004 | by info-2752See all my reviews

The dashing Omar Sharif was born to be a crown-prince, or at least look the part to perfection (is he of royal Egyptian blood?), while Catherine Deneuve takes your breath away in every scene she's in, most notably as they watch "Giselle" at the theater. An Oedipus complex is hinted at here, and I suppose not all sons (not even only sons!) kiss their mothers on the lips (or it could be an Austrian thing, who knows?). But given his lifestyle of high living, promiscuity and dalliances with radical politics, coupled by an addiction to morphine and the off-chance of insanity in the blood, I don't think the end was as bittersweet and romantic as the movie portrayed it to be. No doubt the prince was a depressed, politically-impotent man who saw no promise in a future which included a loveless marriage, a domineering father and a mother who was never there--no big deal to most, but this was an only child used to getting his way most of the time. I'm sure Maria Vetsera, practically a child in love for the first time, was only too flattered to have been chosen by the prince to die with him. All in the name of love, of course.


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