Sarajevo (1940 French film)

Sarajevo (French: De Mayerling à Sarajevo) is a 1940 French historical film directed by Max Ophüls and starring Edwige Feuillère, John Lodge and Aimé Clariond. Beginning in the aftermath of the Mayerling Incident the film portrays the love affair and marriage between Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, leading up to their eventual assassination in 1914 in events that triggered the First World War. The film was not a commercial or critical success.[1] Following the German occupation of France the film was banned, and Ophüls fled into exile for the second time.

Directed byMax Ophüls
Produced byEdward Halton
Eugène Tucherer
Written byCarl Zuckmayer
Marcelle Maurette
Curt Alexander
André-Paul Antoine
Jacques Natanson
StarringEdwige Feuillère
John Lodge
Aimé Clariond
Jean Worms
Music byOscar Straus
CinematographyCurt Courant
Otto Heller
Edited byMyriam Borsoutsky
Jean Oser
B.U.P. Française
Distributed byCompagnie Cinématographique de France
Release date
  • 1 May 1940 (1940-05-01)
Running time
95 minutes

Partial cast


  1. Larson p.211


  • Williams, Alan Larson. Republic of Images: A History of French Filmmaking. Harvard University Press, 1992.
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