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3.1
15 Ratings

De Mayerling à Sarajevo

Directed by Max Ophüls
France, 1940
Drama

Synopsis

The story of Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, and the events leading up to their assassination in Sarajevo in 1914.

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De Mayerling à Sarajevo Directed by Max Ophüls
The court’s chief lackey remarks that where other countries go to war to solve their problems, Austria solves theirs with marriages. No better political policy could so deeply ensconce this odd, nebulous but provocative and gorgeous melodrama. It is a reminder that in this film and others, while Max Ophüls may seem to curl up into the past and melancholic romance, romance can indeed be considered its own form of war.
March 26, 2015
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Archduke Ferdinand, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered World War I, is a benighted historical figure. Rendered the reluctant heir apparent to the Austro-Hungarian throne by his cousin’s suicide at Mayerling, he is resurrected in Max Ophüls’ under-appreciated, splendidly written, filmed and acted French political romance as a grim visionary.
March 25, 2015
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Assembled like there was no time to lose, the movie is nevertheless distinctively Ophülsian, taking great grace with spaces and character, and allowing Feuillère to charm our pants right off. For M.O. junkies, it’s a necessity.
March 24, 2015
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