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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

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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Trivia

Karlheinz Böhm is 10 years older than Romy Schneider; the real couple had a 7 year age gap, being 23 and 16 at the time of their wedding. See more »

Goofs

Emperess Elisabeth's nickname was never "Sissi". It was Sisi, with one S, and she signed herself as "Lisi". See more »

Quotes

Kaiser Franz Joseph: I'm to be engaged today.
Sissi: How can one be engaged to someone he doesn't love?
Kaiser Franz Joseph: It's not so uncommon in our class. For national interests, for dynastic reasons, for -
[turns around and looks at Sissi]
Kaiser Franz Joseph: She must look like this. Have eyes like this. This mouth. This hair. She must be as beautiful as Miss.
Sissi: But isn't your bride beautiful?
Kaiser Franz Joseph: Yes, she is very beautiful. But Miss, Miss is much more beautiful. I think Miss has more heart too.
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Connections

Referenced in S1ngle: Ongewenst bezoek (2010) See more »

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Roses from the South
Music by Johann Strauss
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My guiltiest pleasure
28 December 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

I certainly love the Sissi saga :everytime it's broadcast,I find myself watching for the umpteenth time these three films which the highbrows despise so much.

I read several biographies of the empress and it's stating the obvious to say it's fictionalized history (the right term would be "fairytaled" history for this first episode strongly recalls Cinderella).Romy Schneider did not think much of her part and she used to approve of Visconti's Elisabeth she played in "Ludwig" (1973).

"Sissi" is pure entertainment ;all the characters are endearing :the colonel provides a good comic relief ,Sophie is a perfect villainess,the witch, ,Ludovica the good fairy,Max the bon vivant,the swarm of children a foretaste of the "sound of music" -the Trapp were Austrian,weren't they?-and the lovers ,Franz and Sissi are as close as fairytale prince and princess as they can be.

I certainly love the Sissi saga.Down with the highbrows!


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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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Erma-Film See more »
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Stereo

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Color (Agfacolor)

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1.37 : 1
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