Mayerling (movie, 1968)

Mayerling is a Franco – British film by Terence Young, released in 1968 . It traces the tragic love story of the archduke Rudolph of Austria – played by Omar Sharif – and his mistress Marie Vetsera – interpreted by Catherine Deneuve – link that leads to the drama of Mayerling .

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Synopsis

1888. Archduke Rodolphe, the Austro-Hungarian Crown Prince, came into conflict, for both personal and political reasons with his father François-Joseph . His marriage to Princess Stephanie of Belgium does not satisfy him more than the evolution of the political regime. On a stroll, he meets a young stranger, Maria Vetsera, with whom he soon has a secret affair, which his father, the Emperor, and his wife, the Empress Elizabeth, disapprove of. It was then that a revolt broke out in Hungary. Rodolphe begs his father the emperor to take urgent measures of reform. But François-Joseph remains inflexible about his line of conduct. In addition, he sends his son to maneuver and exiles Maria to Venice.

Technical sheet

  • Title: Mayerling
  • Director: Terence Young , assisted by Bernard Farrel
  • Script: Terence Young from the novel The Archduke of Michel Arnold and based on the novel by Claude Anet
  • Dialogues: Denis Cannan and Joseph Kessel
  • Photography: Henri Alekan
  • Editing: Monique Bonnot (uncredited)
  • Artistic direction: Maurice Colasson and Tony Roman
  • Set decorator: Georges Wakhévitch
  • Costumes: Marcel Escoffier
  • Music: Francis Lai
  • Production: Robert Dorfmann and Maurice Jacquin associate producer
  • Production Company: Associated British Picture Corporation, Corona Films and Winchester Productions
  • Distribution Company: MGM
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom , France
  • Format: color (Technicolor) – 35 mm – 2,20: 1 / 2.35: 1 – Sound: mono (Westrex Recording System) / 70 mm 6-Track (UK release) (RCA Recording System)
  • Duration: 140 minutes
  • Genre: Historical drama , Romance
  • Release dates: United Kingdom : (first in London ); France :  ; United States : ( New York )

Distribution

  • Omar Sharif : Rodolphe of Habsburg
  • Catherine Deneuve : Marie Vetsera
  • James Mason : Emperor Franz Joseph
  • Ava Gardner : The Empress Elisabeth
  • James Robertson Justice : Edward, Prince of Wales
  • Geneviève Page : Countess Marie Larisch
  • Ivan Desny : Joseph Hoyos
  • Bernard Lajarrige : Loschek
  • Maurice Teynac : Moritz Szeps
  • Andréa Parisy : Archduchess Stephanie
  • Fabienne Dali : Mizzi Kaspar
  • Charles Millot : Count Taafe
  • Jacques Berthier : Archduke Jean Salvator
  • Roger Pigaut : Count Karolyi
  • Mony Dalmès : Baroness Hélène Vetsera
  • Véronique Vendell : Lisl Stockau
  • Lyne Chardonnet : Hannah Vetsera
  • Mustache : Bratfish
  • Roger Lumont : Inspector Losch
  • Jacqueline Lavielle : Marinka
  • Alain Saury : Baltazzi
  • Jean-Claude Bercq : Michel of Braganza
  • Jean-Michel Rouzière : the police chief
  • Jacques Ciron : a police officer
  • Irene von Meyendorff : Theresa Stockau
  • Liane Daydé : the dancer “Giselle”
  • Howard Vernon (uncredited): Prince Montenuovo
  • Friedrich von Ledebur (uncredited): Hofmarschall
  • Laure Paillette : the old friend of the Vetsera

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