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December 1956 (Austria) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Second part of Sissi with a profound message!!! See more (10 total) »


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Directed by
Ernst Marischka 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ernst Marischka 

Produced by
Karl Ehrlich .... producer
Ernst Marischka .... producer
Alexander Sawczynski .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Anton Profes 
Cinematography by
Bruno Mondi 
Film Editing by
Alfred Srp 
Production Design by
Fritz Jüptner-Jonstorff 
Set Decoration by
Fritz Jüptner-Jonstorff 
Costume Design by
Leo Bei  (as Dr. Leo Bei)
Franz Szivats 
Makeup Department
Leopold Kuhnert .... makeup artist
Rudolf Ohlschmidt .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fritz Andraschko .... unit manager
Josef W. Beyer .... unit manager (as J.W. Beyer)
Karl Ehrlich .... production manager
Kurt Miksch .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rudolf Zehetgruber .... assistant director
Art Department
Alexander Sawczynski .... assistant production designer
Alexander Sawczynski .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Herbert Janeczka .... sound supervisor
Hans Riedl .... dialogue recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Herbert Geier .... camera operator
Kurt Junek .... assistant camera
Music Department
Rudolf Moralt .... choir master
Anton Profes .... musical director
Other crew
Willy Franzl .... choreographer
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Also Known As:
"Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin" - Austria (original title)
"Princess Sissi" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Perfectone Klangfilm)

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In real life, the coronation of Joseph and Elisabeth (Sissi) took place in the Castle of Buda in 1867. However, they could't shoot the scene in Buda when this movie was made because the castle was seriously damaged during WWII. In addition , in 1956 there was a revolution in Hungary against the Soviet regime. This made it impossible to shoot the scene at its original location.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Second part of Sissi with a profound message!!!, 31 May 2004
Author: Marcin Kukuczka from Cieszyn, Poland

Whenever I see this part, it seems to me that Ernst Marischka wanted to show Sissi as a gentle woman who is exposed to the hardship of royal life. In spite of the fact that the film is full of sweet images (like other parts) which may seem to some people "out of date", it has a certain message conveyed.

In fact, this part's content is built upon two issues: politics and the family life in imperial palace. Sissi, as a young empress, has to get used to the lifestyle in the palace. She finds it difficult, especially due to the attitude of her mother in law, archduchess Sophie. The problems grow when Sissi gives birth to her daughter and the baby is taken from her. Sophie thinks that Sissi is too young to be a good mother. She has to choose: be an empress and forget about mother's feelings or escape from the golden cage...

Another interesting fact about the movie is the political situation of Hungary. Sissi loves this nation and aims at uniting it with Austria. Obstacles, however, are huge. Nevertheless, she does not give in and, in the long run, her goals are achieved.

I loved the scene when she thinks of leaving Vienna due to family problems, but the Hungarians are waiting for the meeting. She decides to take part in it. Here, Marischka shows the price she had to pay. The duty of an empress is more important than the family, the beloved baby and personal happiness. As her mother Ludovika says to her that she has a duty and has to be strong to fight her emotions.

At the end, I must admit that I cried when Sissi becomes the queen of Hungary, swears to fulfill her duties and the Hungarian anthem is being sung (so much forbidden in the time when this nation was persecuted): "Isten, Aldd Meg A Magyart, Jo Kedvvel Boeseggel..." Sissi cries. This is the love for the nation. This is the right attitude of a queen. Sacrifice even her happiness for the sake of fulfilling her duties.

I love this part of Sissi. It has much to say to our times, in which the feeling of duty and a good motherhood have been distorted and lost. Especially, young mothers should see it. Marischka shows the love of a mother to her child and the love of a queen or empress to her nation.


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