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      Mayerling

      1936 1h 29m Romance List
      Reviews 77% Audience Score 100+ Ratings This film is based on the doomed affair between Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and 17-year-old Baroness Maria Vetsera. Rudolf (Charles Boyer), the only heir to Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary, is trapped in a loveless marriage to a Belgian princess. As he seeks to flee his stifling environment, he meets the beautiful Maria (Danielle Darrieux), and the two enter into a scandalous affair. Despite the interference of the Emperor, the couple refuse to give each other up. Read More Read Less

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 22, 2005 Full Review Carol Cling Las Vegas Review-Journal Rated: 4/5 Jan 5, 2004 Full Review TV Guide Rated: 5/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The kid is doing a presentation on the ballet of this story, so we rented the movie. Ugh. Subtitles don't usually bother me, but subtitles + 1936 movie + grizzly tale = no thanks. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review walter m For Emperor Franz-Joseph(Jean Dax), the last straw is his son and heir Archduke Rudolf(Charles Boyer) being arrested in a police sweep of suspected radicals. Putting his foot down, he arranges for his son to get married. On his fifth wedding anniversary, Rudolf spends it not with his wife, but parties with his friends instead. Still, life is not all fun and games as he bemoans the lack of interesting women in Vienna to his friend Szeps(Rene Bergeron), a newspaper editor. And that's when Maria(Danielle Darrieux) walks into his life. As much fun as they have together that evening, she does not realize who he really is until she spots him in the royal box at the ballet a few days later. One one level, "Mayerling" is the type of very moving romance that they simply do not make anymore.(Plus or minus a random left breast, that is.) But of deeper interest is the fact that this is based on a true story whose fidelity includes historical and political details of the period, including that none of the characters bat an eyelash that Maria is only 17. In reading about this specific incident online, I was more than a little surprised that it is possible that it kicked off a chain of events that changed world history, thus reinforcing the notion that however sympathetic Rudolf's plight might be, his actions were also extremely selfish in ignoring his duty to his country and family. But let's be honest, nobody could have predicted these once future events and aren't empires supposed to last forever, anyway? Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Moving tragedy anchored by Boyer's passionate performance and sad eyes and Darrieux's lovely innocence. Well directed by Litvak, especially the ballet scene where the lovers catch each other's eye from across the theater. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member ok costume drama/period piece Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Nice to look at but sort of overwrought. It's very likely that the real Rudolph was totally crazy and mean and killed his lover and himself, rather than helping her commit suicide. But that wouldn't be romantic, now would it? Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent golden age melodrama highlighted by the lead performances of Charles Boyer and Danielle Darrieux. Boyer is particularly fine in the role of the tragic heir to the throne who cannot wed the woman he truly loves due to political considerations and a conservative authoritarian father. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis This film is based on the doomed affair between Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and 17-year-old Baroness Maria Vetsera. Rudolf (Charles Boyer), the only heir to Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary, is trapped in a loveless marriage to a Belgian princess. As he seeks to flee his stifling environment, he meets the beautiful Maria (Danielle Darrieux), and the two enter into a scandalous affair. Despite the interference of the Emperor, the couple refuse to give each other up.
      Director
      Anatole Litvak
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 9, 2019
      Runtime
      1h 29m