The son of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Crown Prince Rudolf, is believed to have shot his female lover and himself in a tragic suicide pact in 1882 in Mayerling. Due to Imperial cover-ups, the full story may never be known.
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Jancsó's films of the 60s and 70s have long been among my favourite works of art of the 20th century, but even I, based on what I've read over the years re: PRIVATE VICES, wasn't expecting much. Was basically expecting to see a director suspend his vision in deference to the demands of commercial softcore. I had no idea it was such a towering masterpiece until I done just seen it, because prudes are fucking legion.
A beautiful fable based on the life and death of Pasolini, with ally Laura Betti on board to shed the real tears and keep everybody honest. I have this in a dubbed version with a ragged transfer, but I would trade 100 commercial Blu-Rays for it any day of the week. The revolution will not be format-upgraded.