Synopsis: Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, is fettered on all sides. He's bored; his father, the emperor, is domineering; his politics are more liberal than his father's, but he knows his views carry no weight. He agrees to marry a princess to sire an heir, then spends his nights as a playboy. In 1888, he meets Marie Vetsera, 17, a baroness's daughter. She is resolute, smitten, and wants nothing in return for her love. The Prime Minister is alarmed; he contrives to have her sent away. Rudolf sinks into dissipation. When she returns, how will the lovers handle the opposition of society and their families? Can Rudolf find a way for them to be together?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Anatole Litvak
Production: Nero-Film
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
96 min

His Excellency the prime minister,

Count Taaffe.

I`ve been waiting five minutes.

Forgive me, Your Majesty,

but I was detained.

Fine. Proceed.

The wedding preparations

are all in order:.

procession, carriages,

accolades, police.

Next matter.

I must draw

Your Majesty`s attention

to the intolerable student



With greater frequency

and violence by the day.

I`d point out in particular

the campaign that Mr. Szeps

continues to wage

in his notorious liberal rag.

He knows exactly how far he can go

and stops there.

I cannot touch him

unless I bend the law slightly.

He`d be less brazen

without his friends in high places.

Meaning what? You know

I like things stated clearly.

It`s just my impression,

but I believe

that Szeps is a rather too frequent

visitor to the prince`s apartments.

- Albert.

- Your Majesty?

These croissants don`t taste the same.

Did we change bakers?

I`m sorry, Your Majesty,

but our baker is ill.

When he`s ill,

breakfast is inedible.

My illnesses entail less consequence.

Where were we?

Szeps and his frequent visits.

We were, in fact, discussing the students.

What do you intend to do?

Do I have permission

to use force?

It`s strength that commands respect,

my dear Taaffe.

Your passports, quickly.


- Czech.

- Croat.

We recognize neither Czechs nor Croats,

only faithful subjects of His Majesty.

Subjects, yes.

Faithful is another matter.

- If you believe what passports say -

- Take them away!

Send in the next ten

to see the inspector.


Take off your hats!

- Your name and papers.

- Here they are, sir.

I was just attending classes

and knew nothing about it. My father -

Fine, fine. Let him go.


Szeps, managing editor

of the new paper in Vienna?

How did you get

mixed up in this brawl?

I was merely passing by.

You will kindly remain

at the disposal of the police.

Have him sign the form.

Next. Papers?

- I have none.

No papers. Name?


This is no place for jokes.

Rudolf who?

- Of Hapsburg.

- What?

Rudolf of Habsburg?

The archduke?

But Your Excellency...

The heir to the Austrian throne

rounded up with this Szeps by the police.

You mix with scoundrels

and side with the rabble.

You have friends who would bring down

the monarchy, even destroy the empire.

You, the emperor`s son.

- Spare me the lecture, Father.

I`m learning to rule my people

by listening to them.

Let others listen for you.

You have secretaries, ministers, police.

You should be devoting yourself to your

soon-to-be bride rather than this Szeps.

Please don`t expect me to play the lover.

This marriage was your idea.

To ensure the crown

and your happiness.

The two are unfortunately


I`ve seen that in my mother`s eyes

since I was a child.

Does she complain?

No more than l.

I`ve agreed to marry Stephanie,

but don`t expect a show of joy.

Rudolf, is there a woman

in your life?

A woman? There are ten.

A hundred.

All the ones I want,

and even those I don`t.

But let us say no more. I will marry

the princess and produce an heir.

The interests of the state will be served.

Ask no more of me than that.

A magnificent spectacle.

No one escapes

his destiny, my son.

God grant

that you learn that with time.

God grant that I never meet

the great love of my life.

I`m soaked to the skin.

The more it rains out here,

the more they live it up inside.

What a rotten job!

At least we have the honor of being

attached to His Highness in person.

Look, a new arrival.

That`s Count Hoyos getting out.

- They`re drinking companions.

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