'Crown Prince Leopold' - no such person!
This was a beautifully photographed period film, complete with authentic settings and costumes / uniforms of the period (late 19th century).
But, the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Franz Josef (whose image DID appear in the film), had no son by the name of Leopold. One of the most glaring disappointments of this film, or of any other historic period piece, that I have seen, ever.
Yes, the plot was fascinating. The illusions / special effects superb. And the esoteric environment of Vienna portrayed during the sunset of the Hapsburg dynasty, was so beautifully done.
But the interaction with a major non-existent 'historic' person, as important as the Crown Prince of Austria was, was a total disappointment to me.
In actual history, Franz Josef's only son and heir was Rudolf. Yes, the Crown Prince character, did indeed shoot himself (as Rudolf had done in 1888 in an apparent suicide pact with his mistress), at the end of the film. But in the movie, it did not take place at the hunting lodge at Mayerling, as it really happened. The way the Prince 'offed' himself in the film ruined the movie for me.
It would have been easy to spin a tale like this, composed around the properly-named Crown Prince, with Mayerling added into the film for more authenticity (which did end in a small country cottage in the country).
Did anyone else happen to notice this, or was aware of this gross inaccuracy, or was disappointed in the same things I was? After all, the Mayerling incident has never really been fully explained, and ultimately led to the First World War.