Mayerling (1968)

PG-13   |    |  Drama, History, Romance

Mayerling (1968) Poster

Based on real life events that led to tragic deaths of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria and his lover Baroness Mary Vetsera.


Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

2 March 2020 | ma-cortes
| Spectacular and colorful adaptacion based on the sad romance between Crown Prince Rudolf of Hapsburg and Baroness Maria Vetsera
Set in 1888 , the royal Rudolf , Crown Prince of Austria/Hungary (Omar Shariff) , is fettered on all sides . He's a doomer and dissolute romancer who was never up to ruling anyways , being extremely bored and tired . His father , the emperor Francisco -Franz- Joseph (James Mason) , is a domineering and tyrannical ruler . Rudolph's politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry no weight . Rudolph agreed to marry a princess to sire an heir , then spends his nights as a playboy . Meantime , Rudolf has almost an unhealthy infatuation with his mother, the Empress Elizabeth , Sissi (Ava Gardner) , she has largely been an absent figure from Vienna and thus his unfortunate life is almost invisible at the royal court . In 1888, Rudolf , heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for by Marie Vetsera . He meets Marie Vetsera (Catherine Deneuve) and sees her at a theatre , she , 17 , a baroness's attractive teenaged daughter . She is resolute, smitten, and wants nothing in return for her love . He's already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas ; and a love affair with someone not of royal blood breeches protocol . As the Crown doesn't allow and the emperor further neutralizes Rudolph by making him inspector general of the army , sending him afield for months at a time . As Rudolph falls deeply for the commom-born Mary Vetsera , despite his political marriage . The Prime Minister is alarmed; he contrives to have her sent away. Rudolf sinks into dissipation, then he takes part in a student revolt for the liberation of Hungary , but things go wrong . When she returns , the lovers will handle the opposition of society and their families . Rudolf and Marie Vetsera fight to find a way for them to be together . Both of whom are tragically smitten by a difficult and complicated romance that causes a moral opprobrium in high aristocracy and Hapsburg kingdom . No one woman could satisfy him...until he fell in love.

Based on the tragic and voluptuous romance between Rudolf and Baroness Maria Vetsera . No doubt meant to be a sweeping combo of a deep love story and politics about the separation of Austria and Hungary , forming the Austrian-Hungarian Empire , ala ¨Doctor Zhivago¨style . Main cast is pretty good , Omar Shariff plays the philander and seducer Prince with no crown and Catherine Deneuve is ideal as the tragic heroine , she is not only exquisitely gorgeous , she is alive as well . They are well accompanied by a very good support cast , such as : James Mason as Emperor Franz-Jose , Ava Gardner as Empress Elizabeth , Sissi , James Robertson Justice as Edward , Prince of Wales , Geneviève Page as Countess Larish , Andréa Parisy as Princess StephanieI , Ivan Desny as Count Hoyos , Maurice Teynac , Moustache , Fabienne Dali , Jacques Berthier , Charles Millot , Véronique Vendell , among others . The film provides lavish settings , brilliant cinematography and spectacular scenarios with bustling balls and lots of extras . Terence Young is equally acceptable at conveying the tidal wave which consumes the Hapsburg court , as well as love, passion and distresses that drowned the heir to the throne . Of course , it is extremely romantic and novelettish , sometimes in Barbara Cartland rubbish style , resulting to be really tedious and overlong , at times ; watching the 1936 retelling by Anatole Litvak , being much better shot and played . However , the picture turns out to be passable , though at the time it was a real flop at boxoffice.

It packs glimmer cinematography by cameraman Henry Alekan , Terence Young's regular , shot on location in Venice, Veneto, Italy , Mayerling, Lower Austria, Vienna, Austria , Paris Studios Cinema, Billancourt, France . As well as atmospheric musical score by Francis Lai , including classical music , such as : P. Morgenblaetter (Morning Paper) Composed by Johann Strauss , Radetzky-Marsch Composed by Johann Strauss Sr. , Giselle Composed by Adolphe Adam , The Waves of the Danube Composed by Iosif Ivanovici and Spartacus Suite Written by Aram Khachaturyan . The picture was professionally directed by Terence Young , being made with skill and commitment enough , displaying quite a few visual opulence and estimable production design .

There are several renditions about these deeds : ¨Tragedy in the House of Hapsburg¨ 1924 by Alexander Korda with Emil Fenyvessy , Kálmán Zátony , María Corda . The classic and best ¨Mayerling¨ 1935 by Anatole Litvak with Charles Boyer , Danielle Darrieux , Vladimir Skoloff , Jean Louis Barrault . ¨From Mayerling to Sarajevo¨ 1940 by Max Ophüls with Edwige Feuillère , John Lodge , Jean Worms , Jean Debucourt . ¨The secret of Mayerling 1949¨ with Jean Marais as L'archiduc Rodolphe d'Autriche-Hongrie , Dominique Blanchar as Marie Vetsera , Claude Farell as La comtesse Marie Larisch , Jean Debucourt as L'empereur François-Joseph . ¨Maria Vetsera¨1956 with Rudolf Prack as Rudolf , Christiane Hörbiger as Baroneß Mary Vetsera , Winnie Markus, Lil Dagover. Mayerling 2013 with Mara Galeazzi as Mary Vetsera and Edward Watson . And remade in 1967 for TV , among others .

Critic Reviews


Release Date:

19 December 1968


English, French, German

Country of Origin

UK, France

Filming Locations

Mayerling, Lower Austria, Austria

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Contribute to this page

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on