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Sissi: The Young Empress (1956)

Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (original title)
The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.

Director:

Ernst Marischka

Writer:

Ernst Marischka
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Schneider ... Sissi
Karlheinz Böhm ... Kaiser Franz Josef
Magda Schneider ... Duchess Ludovika of Bavaria
Gustav Knuth ... Duke Max of Bavaria
Vilma Degischer ... Archduchess Sophie, Franz Josef's mother
Walther Reyer ... Count Andrassy
Senta Wengraf Senta Wengraf ... Gräfin Bellegarde
Josef Meinrad ... Major Böckl
Iván Petrovich ... Dr. Max Falk
Helene Lauterböck Helene Lauterböck ... Gräfin Esterhazy
Erich Nikowitz Erich Nikowitz ... Erzherzog Franz-Karl
Richard Eybner Richard Eybner ... Postmeister
Hans Ziegler ... Dr. Seeburger
Franz Böheim Franz Böheim
Karl Fochler Karl Fochler ... Graf Grünne
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Storyline

Through her Hungarian teacher the young Empress Sissi is enchanted by Hungary, a country she has never visited, but feels an affinity with. The Council of Ministers wants to punish some Hungarian rebels, but Emperor Franz Joseph gives all the rebels amnesty, including their leader, Count Andrassy. The Emperor is influenced by his wife, who says that you cannot win a country with force, only with love. The Hungarians are deeply affected by Sissi's love for their country, and want to crown Franz Joseph and Sissi to King and Queen of Hungary. At a big ball for the Hungarians the Emperor's mother, Archduchess Sophie, insults Count Andrassy, by refusing to greet him. Sissi rescues the situation by asking Count Andrassy to dance with her. Sissi gives birth to a daughter, but her happiness is broken, when Archduchess Sophie decides to nourish the baby herself, and takes it away from its mother. Sissi runs away to her family in Bavaria. Franz Joseph follows her, and takes her on a honeymoon ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Genres:

Drama | History

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German | Hungarian

Release Date:

December 1956 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Sissi emperatriz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Erma-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Perfectone Klangfilm)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In real life, the coronation of Joseph and Elisabeth (Sissi) took place in the Castle of Buda in 1867. However, they could't shoot the scene in Buda when this movie was made because the castle was seriously damaged during WWII. In addition , in 1956 there was a revolution in Hungary against the Soviet regime. This made it impossible to shoot the scene at its original location. See more »

Goofs

When Sissi and Franz Joseph waltz in the beginning of the ball Sissi has organized for the Hungarian exiles, the song played is the Kaiser-Walzer. However, Strauss didn't write this Waltz until 1889, while this ball is at least before 1867, the year in which Franz Joseph became the King of Hungaria. See more »

Quotes

Sissi: So you didn't forget!
Kaiser Franz Josef: I will never forget how happy you make me every minute. Never.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Kaiserlied
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by Lorenz Leopold Haschka
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She can appeal to all the mothers of Austria........
16 October 2005 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

....and she will have them all on her side,says Duchess Ludovica (Magda Schneider) to her son-in -law who is none other than the Emperor of Austria Franz-Joseph.In real life ,Elisabeth was not as lucky as Romy Schneider's character:not only her first daughter died (the one we see in this part of the trilogy)at a very early age (two) but she was also estranged from her second one ,Gisèle (whom we see in the third "schicksal (sic)" segment.As for her only son,the doom-fated Rudolph,she was never allowed to take care of his education,although she intervened once to snatch him from the clutches of Gondrecourt -who fired several shots in the Kronprinz 's bedroom to gently wake him up.The only one she had for her was her last,Valerie.

So we find Sissi battling against her sinister mother-in-law,a stickler for form.She has to strike back ,not only to get her child again ,but also for count Andrassy and his Hungarians the old lady will always consider her enemies.

There is a charming moment when Sissi and Franz take a holiday in the mountains.And as always,in the last scenes,pomp and circumstance prove that the love you take is equal to the love you make.

I will always love the Sissi saga.It's part of my childhood.Forever,my love.


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