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SARAJEVO (1940) * with switchable English subtitles *

Max Ophüls Writers: Carl Zuckmayer (scenario), Marcelle Maurette (adaptation), 4 more credits » Stars: Edwige Feuillère, John Lodge, Aimé Clariond
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Le suicide de l'archiduc Rodolphe à Mayerling, en 1889, a laissé vacant la succession d'Autriche-Hongrie. C'est François-Ferdinand, le neveu de François-Joseph, qui en est l'héritier. Or il détonne par ses positions, jugées bien trop libérales. Sa largesse et son ouverture d'esprit l'empêchent de s'entendre avec le monarque, souverain despotique. François-Ferdinand a décidé d'épouser Sophie Chotek, une comtesse tchèque dont il s'est épris. Son oncle le contraint à faire un mariage morganatique, qui empêchera sa descendance d'accéder au trône ... 

The suicide of Archduke Rudolph at Mayerling in 1889 left open the succession to the crown of Austria-Hungary.  As a result, Franz Ferdinand became the next in line to rule the empire.  Unfortunately, his views on how to rule the empire are considered too liberal.  His generosity and openness prevent him from getting along with the monarchy.  Franz Ferdinand decides to marry Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess.  Franz Joseph forces him to declare the marriage morganatic, thus preventing any of Ferdiand's descendents from inheriting the throne.  Upcoming events, though, will make the point rather moot.  

DVD-R is in French with switchable English subtitles.  Approx. 90 mins + a 13 min. contemporary newsreel.  Some pixellization and softness.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SWITCHABLE (SOFT) SUBTITLES WILL NOT SHOW UP WHEN VIEWING THE SAMPLE BELOW.  IF YOU SEE SUBTITLES, THEN THEY ARE HARD-ENCODED (meaning, they cannot be turned off when viewing the film):

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