PG-13 | | Drama, History, Romance
Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.
Mel Ferrer had planned to produce, and director Terence Young had worked with his wife Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark (1967) the previous year. Ferrer was still listed as producer up to 1967 but by the time production began, the Hepburn/Ferrer marriage was no more, and Ferrer was no longer involved.
Maria Vetsera of the sleep and snow, I think I love you. Very much.
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".
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.
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.
English, French, German