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The Sissi Collection

Think, “I Was a Teenage Empress.” A trio of movies tell an optimized version of the life of a 19th century Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. It’s fuzzy history designed to prop up German morale, but the film is graced with the incredible presence of a teenaged Romy Schneider, whose beauty and personality became a sensation in the European film world.

The Sissi Collection:


Sissi The Young Empress

Sissi The Fateful Years of an Empress

The Story of Vickie


Film Movement

1955, 1956, 1957 / Color / 1:78 widescreen & 1:33 flat full frame / 102, 107, 109 min. / Street Date November 14, 2017 / 74.95

Starring: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Uta Franz, Vilma Degischer, Josef Meinrad, Gustav Knuth.

Cinematography: Bruno Mondi

Film Editor: Alfred Srp

Original Music: Anton Profes

Produced by Karl Erlich, Ernst Marischka

Written and Directed by Ernst Marischka

I’m fascinated by National Epics, movies that individual countries might take as a film
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Actor, Philanthropist Karlheinz Bohm Dead at 86

Acclaimed actor Karlheinz Bohm, who rocketed to international stardom as Kaiser Franz Joseph in the Sissi films of the 1950s and had a second career as the founder of the charity group Humans for Humans, has died. He was 86. The only child of conductor Karl Bohm and the soprano Thea Linhard, Bohm was perhaps destined for a life on the stage. But instead of music, he pursued acting, first in the theater and later in some 45 films and numerous television productions. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Bohm's international breakthrough came playing opposite Romy Schneider as Austrian Kaiser Franz

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The Forgotten: Crime of Passion

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Jules Dassin had established himself as a very capable, smart genre filmmaker in Hollywood by the time the blacklist kicked him out. In Britain, he made Night and the City (1950), which continued his winning streak, and in France Rififi (1955) not only anticipated the direction Jean-Pierre Melville's career was about to take (translating American crime movie tropes to the French idiom), it spawned a whole sub-genre of unofficial sequels. Dassin's own Topkapi (1964) was a colorful spoof of the heist movie.

But the other strand of Dassin's European filmmaking is not so popular: his attempts at being an arthouse director have inspired considerable derision: David Thomson recommends The Law, Phaedra and 10:30 P.M. Summer as cures for suicidal depression; their earnestness strikes him as irresistibly preposterous.

Well, I can resist the temptation to laugh, up to a point: Anthony Perkins' torrid love scene with Dassin's wife, Melina Mercouri, in
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Win César et Rosalie 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray

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To celebrate the Blu-Ray and DVD release of Claude Sautet’s César et Rosalie, on November 5th we have three blu-ray copes to give away.

César et Rosalie is an enchanting French romance starring Yves Montand (Jean De Florette) and Romy Schneider (What’s New Pussycat? Sissi), directed by Claude Sautet (Un Coeur en Hiver, Les Chose de la Vie).

Rosalie is a beautiful vivacious young woman involved with a charming, successful businessman called César. He is crazy about her and his exuberant vitality satisfies Rosalie’s terrific lust for life. One day out of the blue Rosalie’s old flame David appears, desperate to win back her affections. César’s intense jealousy shocks Roaslie and she ends up running into the arms of David and the pair are separated. Rosalie however begins to doubt that she’s made the right choice, until fate ends up deciding for her.

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Autorenfilm: A Process of Enlightenment

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Above: Reading of the Oberhausen Manifeso before the West German press.

In 1962, twenty-six West German filmmakers—including writers, directors, producers, and an actor—declared the Oberhausen Manifesto at the 8th Oberhausen Short Film Festival. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the manifesto, the festival organized the retrospective “Provoking Reality: Mavericks, Mouvements, and Manifestos,” in which they screened nearly forty short films by the manifesto’s signatories. (Earlier this year, Daniel Kasman wrote about several of the retrospective's shorts in his report from the festival, "Manifestations".) This week, the Museum of Modern Art will also screen a selection of them from September 27th through the 30th. Out of these new films, a Junger Deutscher Film (Young German Film) emerged to counter the established film industry and the conventional German entertainment of the 1950s.

Above: The 8th Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

After the Allies defeated Germany in World War II and subsequently partitioned the country,
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This week's film events previews

Cinecity: Brighton Film Festival, Brighton

Just because it's coastal doesn't mean it's coasting. This year's hard-working festival brings in both local and international work, the latter selection including the latest Miyazaki animation, Ponyo, new Mexican hope I'm Gonna Explode, and Until The Light Takes Us, a documentary on Norwegian black metal. And leading the guests, John Hillcoat attends a screening of his adaptation of The Road – perhaps the film's composer, local boy Nick Cave, might even swing by?

Various venues, Thu to 6 Dec, visit

Phelim O'Neill

Tribute To Romy Schneider, London

On the back of her mesmerising appearance in new documentary Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno, eight highlights from Schneider's short but enviable and prolific career, which saw her outgrow her pushy stage mother to become the toast of Austrian cinema. Debuting at 15, Schneider made an indelible impression as the naive Austrian Empress Elisabeth in 1955's Sissi. Also
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Herbig delves into animated parody 'Lissi'

Herbig delves into animated parody 'Lissi'
COLOGNE, Germany -- German director Michael Bully Herbig is turning to 3-D animation for his next film, Lissi und der wilde Kaiser (Lissi and the Wild Kaiser), a parody of German Heimat films -- rural melodramas popular in the years after World War II. Herbig announced the title of his highly anticipated new film to an industry crowd Tuesday night at the Munich Film Week. Lissi will be a parody of costume melodramas, in particular the Austrian Sissi trilogy of the 1950s, which starred Romy Schneider as a teenage princess caught between love and royal responsibilities.

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