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The son of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Crown Prince Rudolf, is believed to have shot his female lover and himself in a tragic suicide pact in 1882 in Mayerling. Due to Imperial cover-ups, the full story may never be known. This story has been filmed several times, in French in 1935 and in English in 1968. Hungarian director Miklos Jancso recreates those events for his own purposes, continuing his favored theme of the rejection of paternal authority. In the film, which has very little dialog, Rudolf is a good-natured pan-sexual golden boy, who cavorts on his rural estate with a host of beautiful, aristocratic lovers and friends of both sexes. He refuses to leave his country idyll even though he has been ordered to by the Emperor, his father. Despite the fact that for a large part of the film, attractive young people go about unclothed and engaging in erotic encounters, the mood is one of melancholy rather than prurience.

  1. Miklós Jancsó

    Director, Writer

  2. Giovanna Gagliardo

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Lajos Balázsovits

    Lajos Balázsovits

    Principe Rudolf

  2. Pamela Villoresi

    Pamela Villoresi

    Sofia

  3. Franco Branciaroli

    Franco Branciaroli

    Duca

  4. Teresa Ann Savoy

    Teresa Ann Savoy

    Mary

  5. Laura Betti

    Laura Betti

    Teresa

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Private Vices, Public Virtues
Private Vices, Public Virtues

Facts

Original Title Vizi privati, pubbliche virtù

Status Released

Release Information

  • October 10, 1976
    R
    Theatrical

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    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language Italian

Runtime 1h 44m

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