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Private Vices, Public Virtues

The son of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Crown Prince Rudolf, is believed to have shot his feminine lover and himself in a tragic suicide pact in 1882 in Mayerling. As a result of Imperial cover-ups, the total story might by no means be recognized. This story has been filmed a number of instances, in French in 1935 and in English in 1968. Hungarian director Miklos Jancso recreates these occasions for his personal functions, persevering with his favored theme of the rejection of paternal authority. Within the movie, which has little or no dialog, Rudolf is a good-natured pan-sexual golden boy, who cavorts on his rural property with a number of lovely, aristocratic lovers and pals of each sexes. He refuses to depart his nation idyll despite the fact that he has been ordered to by the Emperor, his father. Even though for a big a part of the movie, enticing younger folks go about unclothed and interesting in erotic encounters, the temper is one in all melancholy moderately than prurience.