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Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957)
"Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin" (original title)

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The final film in a highly romanticized trilogy about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria finds the young empress traveling throughout Europe.

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Karlheinz Böhm ...
Magda Schneider ...
Gustav Knuth ...
Uta Franz ...
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Graf Andrassy (as Walther Reyer)
Vilma Degischer ...
Josef Meinrad ...
Senta Wengraf ...
Gräfin Bellegarde
Erich Nikowitz ...
Hans Ziegler ...
Sonia Sorel ...
Henriette Mendel (as Sonja Sorel)
Klaus Knuth ...
Prinz Ludwig
Albert Rueprecht ...
Peter Neusser ...
Graf Batthyani
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The Austrian empress enjoys traveling trough Hungary, where she ultimately finds the politically priceless affection of local count Andrassy too intimate, but it's only temporary relief from the frustrations of court life in Vienna, where dutiful Franz remains chained to his desk and leaves his chillingly strict mother Sophie interfering, even in the upbringing of their daughter. When Sissi is diagnosed with plausibly fatal tuberculosis and Franz has to allow Sophie to remove their daughter on doctor's warning, Sissi is in danger of losing the will to live while exiled to recovery-inducing climates (Portuguese Madeira and Greek Corfu). Then desperately needed psycho-somatic therapy appears in the form of her indestructibly positive mother Ludovika of Bavaria, who lovingly nurses both her sickness and her taste for life on idyllic walks. Once again Oberst Böckl, the clumsy body-guard whose doting admiration for the empress borders on the improper, provides a comical note, as each time ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Director Ernst Marischka was originally going to make a fourth installation to the trilogy, but actress Romy Schneider refused to play the title character any longer. See more »

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Kitsch
16 November 1998 | by (Cologne, Germany) – See all my reviews

What a film: full colour (from Agfa), all those typical Austrian names and characters, beautiful and young Romy Schneider, but it is "Kitsch". The movie has nothing in common with real history, but served in the 50s an audience which tried to forget the war and nazism. They took the most wonderful scenes in Venice, when Sissis little daughter welcomes her mother arriving by gondola. Kitsch as kitsch can!


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