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Maximilian of Mexico - The Dream of Empire
Year: 2014
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Franz Leopold Schmelzer

A co-production by ORF, Ilona Grundmann Filmproduction, Interspot Film, ZDF, ARTE, VRT, TV Unam, Austrian Television Fund, Vienna Film Fund, Creative Europe, Media Plus and bm:ukk
Available worldwide except for Germany, France, Belgium and Mexico

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , French (DUBBED) , German (SUB TITLE)
Format: 16:9
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Maximilian of Mexico - The Dream of Empire

Maximilian von Mexiko - Der Traum vom Herrschen

Since childhood, Archduke Maximilian, brother of Emperor Franz Joseph I., has wished for nothing more than to emerge from his sibling's shadow. His dream finally comes true when he becomes Emperor of Mexico. However, the dream unexpectedly and rapidly becomes a nightmare: Maximilian believes he is welcome in Mexico, but the opposite is true. He is finally captured by his adversary, Benito Juarez, and sentenced to death. Maximilian's dreams of becoming a glorious ruler die with him, cut down by a firing squad. To mark the 150th anniversary of Maximilian's ascent to the throne in 1874, this docudrama examines the fate of the contradictory and complex Habsburg prince, and investigates the circumstances that led to his tragic failure.
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