The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.
A political drama about Roald, a young man stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. Roald is politically ambitious but he does not have enough real-world savvy to protect himself from ... See full summary »
1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His unemployment, and the fact that there is no woman in the house to care for the children... See full summary »
A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, more than a century apart. When 13-year-old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.
The fascinating story of a brave young scientist from 11th century Arabia. Ibn Al-Haytham embarks upon a quest to uncover ancient mysteries that would change our world forever. A journey of science from darkness into light.
The film recounts the last years of the life of the Austrian Crown Prince Rudolf of Hapsburg until his tragic death in Mayerling. They are highlighted the difficult relationship with his father, the Emperor Franz Joseph, and the affectionate bond with his mother, the Empress Sissi; the failed marriage to Stephanie of Belgium; and his romantic relationships with the prostitute Mizzi Kaspar and the young Baroness Mary Vetsera, together with whom he will die in Mayerling. The film endorses the reconstruction according to which the Archduke apparently committed suicide, overwhelmed not only by a role that weighed and imprisoned, but also from the disappointment due to the low esteem that his father would usually express.
Max Von Thun is a descendant of Sophie Chotek, the spouse of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. He was a first cousin of his character in this mini series. See more »
When Rudolf is having sex with Maria (Mary), a large tattoo on Max's upper left arm is visible through the poor makeup job. See more »
In Germany, broadcasting network ARD cut 85 minutes, leaving out the plot's political aspects to concentrate on the love story. Being a two-part movie in the original Austrian version, it was shown in one part. See more »
I just happened upon this two part movie while scrolling for period dramas. The casting is excellent, as other reviewers have noted, and the cinematography, costumes, etc., are top notch.
What I find disturbing are the many sex scenes that seem to be creeping in to every movie made nowadays. I will not watch the smut so I found myself fast forwarding through much of it. This Prince apparently spent half his time in bordellos of one sort or another. There are ways to indicate what's going on without zooming into the action and forcing it on the audience after all-remember Rhett Butler carrying Scarlet up the stairs? For those of us who want to see clean historical dramas I guess we are just stuck with Jane Austen.
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