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« Reply #240 on: January 25, 2009, 04:00:17 AM »
No, I don't think so... "The Illusionist" has barely something common with real mayerling's drama. Although the story is situated in Vienna of 19th. century and says also about Crownprince Leopold (not Rudolf) and his fiancee, but whole film is only fiction, nothing more.

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« Reply #241 on: January 25, 2009, 06:46:34 AM »
I did not see the illusionlist...did it involve the Mayerling drama ?

I don't know but I've read that it is based, partly, on the event.

Wikipedia also lists it as a film based on the event.

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The Mayerling affair has been dramatized in:

    * the movie Mayerling (1936), directed by Anatole Litvak starring Danielle Darrieux as Mary and Charles Boyer as Rudolph
    * the movie De Mayerling à Sarajevo (1940), directed by Max Ophüls
    * the musical Marinka (1945), book by George Marion, Jr., and Karl Farkas, lyrics by George Marion, Jr., music by Emmerich Kalman
    * the movie Le Secret de Mayerling (1949), directed by Jean Delannoy
    * Mayerling, a 1957 American television production (released theatrically in Europe) directed by Anatole Litvak starring Audrey Hepburn as Mary and Mel Ferrer as Rudolph
    * the movie Mayerling (1968), directed by Terence Young, starring Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, James Mason, and Ava Gardner.
    * the series Fall of Eagles (1974), in the episode Requiem For A Crown Prince
    * the film Vizi privati, pubbliche virtù (1975), directed by Miklós Jancsó.
    * Kenneth MacMillan's 1978 ballet Mayerling
    * the musical Elisabeth (1992), with book/lyrics by Michael Kunze and music by Sylvester Levay; the incident is dramatized as a very stylized dance sequence.
    * the Japanese manga 'Ave Maria/Tenshi no Hitsugi' (2000), by HIGURI You.
    * the German crossover opera Mayerling * Requiem einer Liebe (2006) by Siegfried Carl (lyrics) and Ricardo Urbetsch (composer) [1]
    * the musical Rudolf by Frank Wildhorn, Jack Murphy, Phoebe Hwang and Nan Knighton that had its premiere at the Operett Színház in Budapest on May 26, 2006, where it plays winters in alternation with outdoor performances in Szeged during the summers.
    * Kronpriz Rudolf, a 2006 Austrian TV film starring Max von Thun and Vittoria Puccini, featuring a cameo appearance by Omar Sharif
    * The 2006 film The Illusionist has elements loosly based on the Mayerling Incident, with a fictional Habsburg crown prince murdering a noblewoman at his hunting lodge and in a later part of the film committing suicide.

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Eisenheim's portrait of the Emperor (the Crown Prince's father) seen in the palace performance scene closely relates with that of Franz Joseph I of Austria. His nephew was Crown Prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Franz Ferdinand's wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, carries the same name as the first female character in the film, Duchess Sophie von Teschen. Historically, the Duchess of Hohenberg and the Austrian Crown Prince Archduke Franz Ferdinand were together assassinated on 28 June 1914. The assassination is a significant historical event as it is widely credited as the trigger to the outbreak of the First World War.

The film was also clearly inspired by the actual Mayerling Incident of 1889. The historical Crown Prince (named Rudolf and not Leopold) had killed his mistress and committed suicide soon afterwards, in what was considered a suicide pact, and there had never been any suggestion of his plotting a coup; the malevolent plots attributed to Crown Prince in the film have no base in history.
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Re: Famous Habsburgs in movies/plays/cartoons
« Reply #242 on: January 25, 2009, 12:06:19 PM »
Would so love to see it.

Have you got the DVD yet? Of course it's always better to see it live, but the DVD of the show is rather good.

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« Reply #243 on: January 25, 2009, 12:32:04 PM »
Indeed. I got my tickets for the Flemish production. I've seen both the DVD-recording and an unofficial-one of the Dutch production and I loved both. In fact this is my favorite musical, next on my list is Rudolf. I am downloading it right now, though I won't understand a word :D
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« Reply #244 on: January 25, 2009, 01:25:34 PM »
Busy buying schedule for us...

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Re: Famous Habsburgs in movies/plays/cartoons
« Reply #245 on: January 25, 2009, 02:45:59 PM »
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« Reply #246 on: January 25, 2009, 07:39:45 PM »
I agree and now this new musicals plus the new one on Rudolf...

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« Reply #247 on: January 26, 2009, 06:06:41 AM »
I was little off topic but about "The Illusionist" is actually fiction but very good made i must say.....
Eric excuse me if i bother you but since i was little of did you find the name of the movie?
And Imperial_Ground did you find mine which i was talking about ? (With the loooong name you know ;) )
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« Reply #248 on: January 26, 2009, 11:51:56 AM »
I was little off topic but about "The Illusionist" is actually fiction but very good made i must say.....
Eric excuse me if i bother you but since i was little of did you find the name of the movie?
And Imperial_Ground did you find mine which i was talking about ? (With the loooong name you know ;) )

I did not find it, yet, still looking.

Tell me, what did you think of "The Illusionist"? Did you notice some things that seem to be based on history, Mayerling or the assassiation of Franz-Ferdinand? Quite curious to see it, though I will have a new movie to watch this week(I ordered VHS-tapes for both the Mayerling-movies, just love them - sucker for tragedy, romance and history.
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« Reply #249 on: January 26, 2009, 12:43:47 PM »
In my opinion it's good .... It has some not correct things... i will tell you more just little bit later
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« Reply #250 on: January 26, 2009, 01:14:01 PM »
Can you tell us too...

Also I am still looking for the link...

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Re: Famous Habsburgs in movies/plays/cartoons
« Reply #251 on: January 26, 2009, 01:21:21 PM »
OK,
"The Illusionist" is very fascinating to me.... Yes it's little fan fiction but i like it..... If i'm not wrong there was the assassiation of Franz-Ferdinand.... Have to check for sure....Hm...
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« Reply #252 on: January 26, 2009, 01:24:28 PM »
Hope to know more thanks !

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« Reply #253 on: January 27, 2009, 12:47:24 PM »
You just should watch it...
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Re: Famous Habsburgs in movies/plays/cartoons
« Reply #254 on: January 27, 2009, 12:48:58 PM »
You just should watch it...

I intend too, wonder if it's true - that it is based, partialy, on both events.
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