Archduke Rudolf (Charles Boyer), who often finds himself at odds with his father (Jean Dax), reluctantly agrees to an arranged marriage for matters of state. But Rudolf still continues to spend his time as always, at parties and avoiding his father's spies. When a chance meeting with young Marie Vetsera (Danielle Darrieux) leads to not just another affair, but genuine love for them both, Rudolf finds meaning in his life. Their secret relationship is eventually discovered, and Rudolf takes desperate actions to keep them from being parted.
Mayerling is an unforgettable, highly romantic film with a captivating storyline and flawless cast.
Charles Boyer gives such an impressive performance as the Archduke, and Danielle Darrieux is so charming as Marie. They make an incredibly attractive couple, and their characters' relationship is portrayed in a sincere, sympathetic way. I really love their scenes together, with just a few of my favorites being when they notice and realize one another's identities at the ballet, and later when they dance together at the ball nearing the story's conclusion.
The French diction is gorgeous, as are the film's opulent production values illustrating the decadence and splendor of 19th century European royalty. Every scene is beautifully photographed and simply a joy to watch.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½