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Sissi (1955)

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In the first of a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister's fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karlheinz Böhm ...
Magda Schneider ...
Uta Franz ...
Princess Helene in Bayern / Nene
Gustav Knuth ...
Vilma Degischer ...
Josef Meinrad ...
Erich Nikowitz ...
Karl Fochler ...
Franz Böheim ...
Johann Petzmacher
Peter Weck ...
Hilde Wagener ...
Baronin Wulffen
Egon von Jordan ...
Richard Eybner ...
Otto Treßler ...


The young Emperor Franz Joseph is on his way to his summer residence at Ischl, where his birthday will be celebrated with a big party. His mother, Archduchess Sophie, has decided that he shall marry her niece Princess Helene of Bayern, and that the engagement shall be proclaimed at the ball. Franz Joseph doesn't know Helene yet, but his mother has already prepared everything. To avoid suspicions of what is going on, her sister, Duchess Ludovika of Bavaria, brings not only Princess Helene, called Néné, to the ball, but also the somewhat younger Princess Elisabeth, called Sissi. Archduchess Sophie is particular about strict etiquette at the court, and dislikes her niece Sissi, who is a free spirit, just as her father, Duke Max of Bavaria. To keep Sissi inactive, her room in Ischl is locked from outside, but Sissi escapes through a window. She goes to the wood, and when she is fishing in a river, the Emperor Franz Joseph passes by in his royal carriage. He is immediately enamored by ... Written by Maths Jesperson {}

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22 December 1955 (West Germany)  »

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La principessa Sissi  »

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Magda Schneider, playing Sissi's mother Ludovika in all three parts of the Sissi trilogy, is 'Romy Schneider''s (Sissi's) real life mother. See more »


The Emperor Waltz is played as background music during Sisi and Franz Joseph's wedding dance in 1854. The Emperor Waltz was composed by Johann Strauss II in 1889. See more »


Spoofed in Sissi - Die ganze Wahrheit (2011) See more »


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When our hearts were young and gay
18 July 2004 | by (Hannover) – See all my reviews

A schmaltzy but moving, lushly produced fairy tale which has nothing to do with the real Elisabeth von Oesterreich, who was, well, a quite complicated woman.

Young Romy Schneider rather sleepwalks thorough the lead but does it well. The pic was enormously successful and Romy quickly became Germany's most popular teenage star, with Heidi Bruehl of 'Immenhof' fame a close second. Though not as beautiful as Christine Kaufmann (shot to fame with the lurid child-in-distress cheapie 'Rosenresli') or as talented as Karin Baal (Germany's reigning bad girl after the runaway success in 'Die Halbstarken') Miss Schneider brought to it all the freshness and sparkle audience had come to expect from Magda Schneider's daughter.

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