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Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (1956)

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 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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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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Trivia

In the movie the Archiduchess Sophie is seen giving back Sissi's baby to her but in real life this was never the case. Sophie found Sissi too immature and young for her to be able to raise properly her children. She then took upon herself to raise Sissi's first three children against her will, this of course brought a lot of conflict between the two women. 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

Duchess Ludovika of Bavaria: Don't drink so much!
Duke Max of Bavaria: You certainly don't worship the ground I walk on! You lay into me all the time!
Duchess Ludovika of Bavaria: Come off it!
Duke Max of Bavaria: Look, Vickie, it's all a matter of destiny. I'm not talking about my fondness for beer, but about our Sissi becoming Empress. Nothing in this world happens without a reason. She probably has a mission to accomplish.
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Soundtracks

Roses from the South
Music by Johann Strauss
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Part 2 of the trilogy of Sissi's life
28 August 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Romy Schneider is "Sissi: The Young Empress," Empress Elisabeth of Austria, in this 1956 film, the second of the popular trilogy. Schneider was nearly 18 at the time, and absolutely beautiful and charming in the role.

I need to say here, for anyone non-European or anyone who has not spent time in Austria, Germany, Hungary, etc., Sissi was the Princess Diana of her day and in fact, remains popular. Her face is on everything from candy wrappers to pins, pocket watches, necklaces - she's everywhere. She's been the subject of musicals, countless books, TV miniseries, plays, and films.

As others have pointed out, this is an idealized story of Sissi, with lots of facts left out as well as the more negative aspects of Sissi's personality - her anorexia, for one. Here, she is still in the honeymoon phase with her husband, the Emperor Franz Josef; and she is also anxious to help to build a good relationship with Hungary.

Sissi runs into problems when she becomes pregnant with her daughter Sophie, and her mother-in-law, convinced that Sissi is too young to be a good mother, takes the child from her in order to raise her. Angry that Franz will not stand up to his mother and instead, takes her side, Sissi leaves him and returns home to her family. It's pointed out to her that she has duties as a royal that must be fulfilled.

In actuality, Sissi's mother-in-law was worse to her than shown in the film. Also, by the time she becomes Queen of Hungary, she has three children but the film only speaks of one, Sophie, who by then is deceased.

These films are incredibly popular in Europe and I believe are shown at Christmas. The color is beautiful, the costumes and furnishings are gorgeous - these films are truly a treat for the eyes.

Read up on Sissi to get the real story, and enjoy these romanticized films for what they are: Sissi-lite.


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Country:

Austria

Language:

German | Hungarian

Release Date:

December 1956 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Sissi emperatriz See more »

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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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