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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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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

This movie begins a couple of weeks after Franz Joseph and Sissi got married, which was in 1854. In 1855, Sissi gave birth to their first child. Also, Franz Joseph later references the Crimean War, which lasted from 1853 to 1856. But the coronation in Hungary did not take place until 1867. So about a decade is minimized to a couple of minutes, while a couple of years form the biggest part of the movie. 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

Kaiser Franz Josef: Sissi! I'm glad you came, Sissi. And I'm happy that I'm able to please you, too.
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Connections

Edited into Forever My Love (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Roses from the South
Music by Johann Strauss
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Gemutlichkeit in Formal Settings
19 October 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This movie continues the tall tale begun in SISSI as the adorable Imperial lovebirds move into the Schonbrunn Palace and all is hunky-dory for a year. When their daughter is born, however, up pops the Evil Mother-in-Law Trope, as Archduchess Vilma Degischer moves the baby to her wing of the palace. Maternal love cannot bear this, so Sissy flees back to Bavaria.

Will the Emperor follow? Will the Archduchess admit she's made a mistake? Will the Hungarians walk out on the Spanish Reception when they think they've been snubbed, threatening the Dual Monarchy?

Given the rough relationship of actual history to this spun-sugar confectionery, the best one can hope for is an exercise for old people tired of devastation by two World Wars talking about how it was better back in the Good Old Days. That's what one gets here in spades, with beautiful actors in beautiful clothes in beautiful settings, gemutlichkeit family relationships and beer and ham hocks at formal dinners, because under it all, that's what people really like. As a follow-up to the earlier movie, it's fine, but breaks little fresh ground on its own.


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