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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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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

19 December 1968 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mayerling faciası 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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Trivia

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

Goofs

Archduke Rudolf addresses the Prince of Wales as "Edward". Though he chose upon his accession in 1901 to reign as Edward VII, he was christened Albert Edward, was known prior to accession as Prince Albert (after whom, by the way, the brand of pipe tobacco was named), and was called by his family and close friends "Bertie". See more »

Quotes

Archduke Rudolf: I see only one advantage in providing our army with out-of-date maps: if they fall into the hands of our enemies, they mislead them too.
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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 Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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Giselle
Composed by Adolphe Adam
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Costume epic that lacks heart
10 January 2007 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

Reading about the Crown Prince character in THE ILLUSIONIST, I discovered he was based on a real-life individual who became the basis for not one but two movie versions, both called MAYERLING. This revelation immediately brought back memories of this lushly filmed love story from 1968, a richly detailed costume drama starring Omar "Dr. Zhivago" Sharif and the beautiful but incredibly icy Catherine Deneuve. The story ends in horrible tragedy, which is also based on real events. Clearly, the filmmakers of this 1968 version of the tale were trying to recreate the huge success of David Lean's 1965 masterpiece "Dr. Zhivago." In this, they failed utterly. You may shed tears by the end, but you also will discover a film that lacks the heart of the film it attempted to emulate. It is easy to state that Deneuve was the wrong choice to play the love interest, and it is a no-brainer to see that director Terence Young, best known for early James Bond films, will never be mistaken for David Lean. It's like comparing Steven Spielberg to Stanley Kubrick. It can't be done.


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