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Sissi: The Young Empress (1956)
"Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin" (original title)

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The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.

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Karlheinz Böhm ...
Magda Schneider ...
Duchess Ludovika / Vickie
Gustav Knuth ...
Vilma Degischer ...
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Count Andrassy (as Walther Reyer)
Senta Wengraf ...
Gräfin Bellegarde
Josef Meinrad ...
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Dr. Max Falk
Helene Lauterböck ...
Gräfin Esterhazy
Erich Nikowitz ...
Hans Ziegler ...
Karl Fochler ...
Franz Böheim
Hilde Wagener
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Storyline

Sissi is slowly adapting to life as empress of Austria but finds it hard to live with her mother-in-law. The arch-duchess Sophie is a genuine busybody who constantly interferes with how the emperor rules the empire and how Sissi brings up her first-born daughter. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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December 1956 (Austria)  »

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Sissi emperatriz  »

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The war that Franz Joseph mentions to Sissi just before he's about to receive the Hungarians is the Crimean War. See more »

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When Sissi and Franz Joseph waltz in the beginning of the ball Sissi has organized for the Hungarian exiles, the song played is the Kaiser-Walzer. However, Strauss didn't write this Waltz until 1889, while this ball is at least before 1867, the year in which Franz Joseph became the King of Hungaria. See more »

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Major Böckl: [after Emperor Franz Joseph makes a misstep on a mountain trying to pick Edelweis for Sissi, and almost falls to his death] Is he still up there?
Hüttenwirt: For the time being!
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A beautiful fairy tale well worth watching
24 August 2014 | by (Las Vegas) – See all my reviews

I grew up with the Sissi movies and was a big fan of Romy Schneider in my youth. Later in life I researched the life of the Empress and the life of King Ludwig II a little bit more thoroughly. Of course I found out that the multiple movies made about these two popular royalties were all sugarcoated and in many aspects far from reality. This said, up to today I put on the Sissi movies to relax. I enjoy just about everything in it and like them as a fairy tale. A fairy tale with castles, kings, princesses and the wicked mother in law. I never visited Hungary and thoroughly get pleasure from the scenes showing this beautiful land. In many ways the movie is also realistic.

My father grew up under a Kaiser, so the lifestyle is not too far removed from what I experienced. Children of influential families were nearly always brought up by governesses and saw their parents only at "audiences". Duty to the Fatherland was something which was taught to everybody and of course even more so to the royalties. Marriages in high circles were always arranged and a marriage out of love practically unheard of. So the film paints also a picture of the time these people were living in.

I think the Sissi trilogy may be the only movies which stayed with me all my life.


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