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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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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

The war that Franz Joseph mentions to Sissi just before he's about to receive the Hungarians is the Crimean War. 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: Well, what's wrong with me then?
Dr. Max Falk: Your majesty is expecting.
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Connections

Followed by Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Emperor Waltz
Music by Johann Strauss
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A beautiful fairy tale well worth watching
24 August 2014 | by pefrssSee all my reviews

I grew up with the Sissi movies and was a big fan of Romy Schneider in my youth. Later in life I researched the life of the Empress and the life of King Ludwig II a little bit more thoroughly. Of course I found out that the multiple movies made about these two popular royalties were all sugarcoated and in many aspects far from reality. This said, up to today I put on the Sissi movies to relax. I enjoy just about everything in it and like them as a fairy tale. A fairy tale with castles, kings, princesses and the wicked mother in law. I never visited Hungary and thoroughly get pleasure from the scenes showing this beautiful land. In many ways the movie is also realistic.

My father grew up under a Kaiser, so the lifestyle is not too far removed from what I experienced. Children of influential families were nearly always brought up by governesses and saw their parents only at "audiences". Duty to the Fatherland was something which was taught to everybody and of course even more so to the royalties. Marriages in high circles were always arranged and a marriage out of love practically unheard of. So the film paints also a picture of the time these people were living in.

I think the Sissi trilogy may be the only movies which stayed with me all my life.


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