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20 July 2015
You do not change a winning team;the Romy Schneider/Karl Boehm
partnership proved highly successful in the legendary "Sissi" which
became one of the biggest blockbusters in fifties Europa and spawned
two sequels (Romy turned down a hefty sum to make a fourth episode) So
here they are again,but their numerous fans have got to be patient :it
takes 48 minutes before they meet.
"Kitty Und Die Große Welt" is pleasant harmless stuff ,in the tradition
of Schneider's very early roles;she was 16 (and not 18 ,as we are told
in this movie)and portrays not an empress but a musician 's daughter ,a
musician who plays in the fanfare which welcomes the ministers of the
foreign affairs who come for an international conference in Geneva .
Kitty is a manicurist who ,by chance ,meets the English minister ("you
could be my father")and becomes a prey to the tabloids ;to protect her
,the politician sends his nephew (Boehm) who,of course ,is going to
fall for her.They go on a stroll by the banks of Genova Lake and enjoy
cheese fondue (there's a similar scene in an inn in the second
installment of the Sissi Saga).
Meanwhile ,the uncle,who has never a penny in his pocket ,discovers the
bistros ,he takes the bus as humble people do ;the best scene takes
place on the lake when the boy claims his due and the distinguished
English has to row the boat ashore.
This is a simple comedy,but one that might possess considerable appeal
for fans of Sissi .For those who like Schneider's later career,they'd
better move on.As for me,I like Romy in any movie.
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