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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 Uta Franz ... Princess Helene in Bayern / Nene
Gustav Knuth ... Duke Max in Bavaria
Vilma Degischer 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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sissi and Franz only had four children together; Sophie, Gisèle, Rodolphe and Marie-Valerie. See more »

Goofs

The Emperor Waltz is played as background music during Sisi and Franz Joseph's wedding dance in 1854. The Emperor Waltz was composed by Johann Strauss II in 1889. See more »

Quotes

Sissi: If you're ever worried or upset in life, go through the woods like this with open eyes. And in every tree, in every shrub, in every flower, and in every creature, the almighty God will reveal himself to you and give you solace and strength.
Kaiser Franz Joseph: Did Miss read that somewhere?
Sissi: No, it's advice from my Papili.
Kaiser Franz Joseph: Ah, Papili. He must be a wonderful man, that Papili.
Sissi: Indeed, he is.
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Connections

Referenced in Ludwig (1973) 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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sweet-made lovestory
11 May 2004 | by sweetie307deSee all my reviews

Austria, 19th centutry: the bavarian princess Elisabeth meets the austrian emperor Franz-Josef and of course they fall in love. But Sissi knows that Franz shall get married wth her sister Nene and so she doesn't want to marry Franz-Joseph. Although at the end they get married. This film is really nice and if you like lovestories you'll love it. There are some really funny mistakes in it, e.g. you see a white OPEL Corsa driving around in the background. =) But all in all you can say, it's a good film. Watch it, watch it!! In germany we would say it's a typical HEIMATFILM


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