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In the first of a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister's fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef.

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Ernst Marischka

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Schneider ... Sissi
Karlheinz Böhm ... Kaiser Franz Joseph
Magda Schneider ... Duchess Ludovika in Bayern / Vickie
Uta Franz ... Princess Helene in Bayern / Nene
Gustav Knuth ... Duke Max in Bavaria
Vilma Degischer ... Archduchess Sophie
Josef Meinrad ... Gendarmerie-Major Böckl
Erich Nikowitz Erich Nikowitz ... Archduke Franz Karl
Karl Fochler Karl Fochler ... Graf Grünne
Franz Böheim Franz Böheim ... Johann Petzmacher
Peter Weck ... Archduke Carl-Ludwig
Hilde Wagener ... Baronin Wulffen
Egon von Jordan ... Graf Arco, Prime Minister
Richard Eybner Richard Eybner ... Postmeister von Ischl
Otto Treßler Otto Treßler ... Feldmaerschall Radetzky
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Storyline

The young Emperor Franz Joseph is on his way to his summer residence at Ischl, where his birthday will be celebrated with a big party. His mother, Archduchess Sophie, has decided that he shall marry her niece Princess Helene of Bayern, and that the engagement shall be proclaimed at the ball. Franz Joseph doesn't know Helene yet, but his mother has already prepared everything. To avoid suspicions of what is going on, her sister, Duchess Ludovika of Bavaria, brings not only Princess Helene, called Néné, to the ball, but also the somewhat younger Princess Elisabeth, called Sissi. Archduchess Sophie is particular about strict etiquette at the court, and dislikes her niece Sissi, who is a free spirit, just as her father, Duke Max of Bavaria. To keep Sissi inactive, her room in Ischl is locked from outside, but Sissi escapes through a window. She goes to the wood, and when she is fishing in a river, the Emperor Franz Joseph passes by in his royal carriage. He is immediately enamored by ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

22 December 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La principessa Sissi See more »

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Erma-Film See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The melody, which is played, while the steam boat with Princess Sissi is arriving, is the Austrian Emperor's Hymn ("Österreichische Kaiserhymne") composed by Josef Haydn (1796). It became the melody for the poem "Song of the Germans" ("Lied der Deutschen"), written by August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1841). From 1952 on, the 3rd verse and the melody of the Emperor's Hymn became the German National Anthem. See more »

Goofs

Colonel Böckl is watching Sissi climbing out of a window of her bedroom where she has been locked just before by her mother and now wants to get and and go fishing. Böckl is hiding behind a bush and several scenes show him with the town in the background. In one scene for a very short moment you can clearly see a car passing by far between two houses. See more »

Quotes

Kaiser Franz Joseph: What? Miss even brought a zither along?
Sissi: Yes. Papa even took it all the way to Egypt up the Cheops Pyramid.
Kaiser Franz Joseph: Papili has been to Egypt?
Sissi: Suddenly something inside makes him get up and go. I think I'll be just like him one day.
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Connections

Followed by Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserlied
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by Lorenz Leopold Haschka
Played as Sissi arrives in Vienna for the wedding festivities.
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Romy Schneider in her own fairy tale
9 November 1999 | by LiedzeitSee all my reviews

A very young and innocent girl marries the powerful ruler of the most powerful empire on earth. Why? Because she loves him dearly. If that is not sweet. And it is also not far from the truth. Of course it helps that she was a little princess - only of Bavaria but of royal blood (I think). Of course everybody loved her - well, she got killed by someone eventually, but that is not in the film and it does not prove anything anyway. If you know Romy Schneider only from her later (mostly French) films do not even try to imagine how beautiful and charming, well sweet she was. She made two sequels. All three films will be valued as the highest art in the million years to come by anyone who can enjoy a fairy tale.


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