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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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Ernst Marischka
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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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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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During the wedding ceremony there is a nod to the popular Dutch tradition of Saint Nicolas and Black Piet (of the Netherlands). When the steamboat sails by the music notes of the traditional song "Oh, Kom Er Eens Kijken" ("Oh, Come And Take A Look") are heard. In the Dutch tradition Saint Nicolas and Black Piet travel by steamboat from Spain to the Netherlands. See more »

Goofs

In the movie Franz Joseph and Elisabeth get married in the Stephansdom. In real life they got married in the Augustiner church. See more »

Quotes

Sissi: Did you know that I'm so very happy to have a father like you?
Duke Max in Bavaria: How happy I am to have you, I can't ever begin to describe.
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Soundtracks

Messiah: Hallelujah Chorus
Written by George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Played during the marriage ceremony.
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A classic.
25 May 2001 | by hugobolso-1See all my reviews

Maybe because this isn't an american film, there were so few comments and votes, and there isn't a photograph. But this is one of the greatest bavarian classics for all time, and maybe is the sweetest and famous films for all the family of the golden period (forget little women or Gigi. If this movie was made in America maybe today will be even more famous than the wizard of Oz). Even that this movie today is too cursi and all fashion, Romy Schneider beauty and precoz talent still shine (she was 16 when she made SISSI). She had chemistry with her the emperor.the movie has three sequels, Magda Schenider shines in the third part (with an excellent chemistry with her daughter in film and real life), but in this are the "battle scenes" between Sissi and her mother in Law that are grate to see again Too sweet but a classic


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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

22 December 1955 (West Germany) See more »

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Sissi See more »

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Color (Agfacolor)

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