The Crown Prince

The Crown Prince

DVD - 2006
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Archduke Rudolph, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, begins a fateful affair with the Baroness Mary Vetsera. She, along with the other women who influenced his life, paint the revealing portrait of an empire unable to adapt to modern times.

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empbee
Jun 14, 2016

Entertaining, well acted fiction.

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gloryb
Apr 22, 2016

I loved this movie! The rooms in which the movie was filmed were just lovely, opulent, and captured the grandeur of the royal surroundings. The story includes political intrigue, in-house rivalry for the loyalty of the royals, and problems facing the Austrian-Hungarian empire towards the end of the 1800's. There are allusions to the loveless upbringing of the Crown Prince by his granny who deemed his mother not suitable to train the young boy for his future position. There are scenes which show the independent nature of his mother, Empress Elizabeth, and her focus on beauty, horses, and travel. I was actually surprised that she appeared in so many palace scenes as it seems she really was not in Vienna that often preferring Hungary, Corfu, and Bavaria. The movie makes it quite clear that the Crown Prince had to tow the line in all things. His new way of approaching alliances, technology, and improvements in life for the masses were always unacceptable to the point where his dad declared him unsuitable to be his successor as emperor. The ladies of Vienna loved his attentions and their trysts are displayed quite openly. The movie actors playing the parts are attractive, well dressed, regal, and convincing in their roles. The reasons for the murder-suicide become very clear and thus seem not so much the actions of a mentally deficient/ill person which seems to be the focus of
historians.

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Janice21383
Aug 31, 2014

The Crown Prince is an example of the kind of historical drama I both love and hate. Well acted, mostly sticking to the facts, but practically breaking its neck towards the end to be a touching story of doomed love, rather than of an especially squalid affair. If you want the facts, see the video I attached. If you want romance, watch Titanic again.

I can't believe I'm SPOILERing history: despite how this film portrays Miss Vetsera, she was a pudgy 15-year-old when her affair with the Crown Prince began -- and he was a syphilitic, drug addicted 28. Far from being unaware of their relations, there is evidence that her mother groomed Mary to be her replacement as grande horizontale. Under the circumstances, it is highly unlikely his mother, the Empress Elizabeth would describe Mary as "beautiful" and "charming". The film portrays his wife, Stephanie, as a manipulative witch, poor Stephanie, to whom he transmitted his VD thus making her sterile, and who reported and requested help for his suicidal tendencies. Many historians think the odds pretty even that the prince killed Mary, she killed him, or that Mary died in a botched abortion attempt, and the prince then shot himself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroness_Mary_Vetsera

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Apr 01, 2008

Weak, siphillitic, forward-thinking Archduke Rudolph works his way through numerous gorgeous women while blowing his chances to succeed his domineering father as Emperor of Austro-Hungary. Tediously predictable & long.

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