Despite a fine performance by Sharif and an opulent setting, this is a disappointing film. Sharif plays the real-life Prince of Hapsburg, circa 1888. Disgusted with the royal life, he joins his fellow students in demonstrations for the liberation of Hungary in open defiance of his father,
Mason. A politically arranged marriage to Parisy only drives Sharif to morphine and a series of affairs. But when he meets Deneuve, the 17-year-old daughter of a nouveau riche family, he falls in love. Mason disapproves, however, because her family are commoners, and he forbids Sharif to see the
girl. She is sent off to Venice while Sharif is forced to go on an inspection tour. He...