Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne
|Title:||Maximilian and Marie de Bourgogne|
|Original title:||Maximilian – Das Spiel von Macht und Liebe|
|Format:||2 x two hours, 3 x two hours or 6 x one hours, HD|
Jannis Niewöhner (4 KINGS)
Christa Theret (LOL – LAUGHING OUT LOUD)
Tobias Moretti (THE DARK VALLEY)
Jean-Hugues Anglade (ETTY BLUE)
Alix Poisson (MR.MORGAN'S LAST LOVE)
Raphael Lenglet (CANDICE RENOIR)
|Directed by:||Andreas Prochaska (BROCK, DAS BOOT, DAY FOR A MIRACLE)|
|Produced by:||A co-production of MR Film, Beta Film, ORF and ZDF|
Maximilian and Marie de BourgogneKnown as for his bravery and battle skills, the great Emperor Maximilian and his story is as spectacular as it is familiar. It is the story of a prince who must learn to be a king, the struggle of a son who steps out of his father's shadow with the help of a most unexpected ally, a beautiful woman every bit as headstrong as the prince himself, held hostage by her own people: Mary of Burgundy.
1477. The Barbarism of the Middle Ages is slowly giving way to humanism and order, but still, mercenaries and foot-soldiers, kings and princes soak the battlefields with their blood.
When the Duke of Burgundy dies in battle, Mary, his only child, intends to rule over the duchy despite the rule of masculine succession. The richest heiress in Europe, the sharp-minded young woman is coveted by various suitors. Mary resists the citizens of Ghent who, spurred by the French King Louis XI, try to force her into a marriage with Louis' son Charles, a boy of poor health and a weak mind. At the same time Maximilian of Habsburg, the young Austrian archduke, stubbornly opposes his father, the Roman Emperor Frederick III, who also wants his son to marry the young Duchess of Burgundy.
Bursting with energy and idealism, Maximilian despises his hesitant and sluggish father who is constantly short of money. It is Mary's lady-in-waiting who makes Maximilian change his mind. Cheekily, Johanna examines the young warrior. Once satisfied by what she sees, hears and smells she shows him Mary's portrait. Instantly smitten by her features, Maximilian embarks on a perilous journey through a realm ravaged by war and the Black Death.
When Maximilian is infected by the plague, his life is hanging by a thread; he and Mary get married by proxy. Miraculously, the young warrior recovers. As soon as Maximilian and Mary meet, sparks begin to fly. Though constantly in danger, the Ducal family faces its enemies openly. Under Maximilian's and Mary's rule the Burgundian Middle Ages transforms itself into the splendor of the Habsburg empire at the beginning of modernity. Two lovers pave the way for the Renaissance, an era that is to change the world...