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Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957)

Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (original title)
The final film in a highly romanticized trilogy about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria finds the young empress traveling throughout Europe.


Ernst Marischka


Ernst Marischka
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Schneider ... Empress Elisabeth of Austria / Sissi
Karlheinz Böhm ... Emperor Franz Josef of Austria
Magda Schneider ... Duchess Ludovika of Bavaria
Gustav Knuth ... Duke Max of Bavaria
Uta Franz ... Princess Helene / Nene
Walther Reyer ... Graf Andrassy
Vilma Degischer ... Archduchess Sophie, Franz Josef's mother
Josef Meinrad ... Oberst Böckl
Senta Wengraf Senta Wengraf ... Gräfin Bellegarde
Erich Nikowitz Erich Nikowitz ... Erzherzog Franz-Karl
Hans Ziegler ... Hofrat Dr. Seeburger
Sonia Sorel Sonia Sorel ... Henriette Mendel (as Sonja Sorel)
Klaus Knuth ... Prinz Ludwig
Albert Rueprecht ... Erzherzog Ferdinand-Max
Peter Neusser Peter Neusser ... Graf Batthyani


The young Empress Sissi is staying at the Gödölle Palace in Hungary with her little daughter and some court people. Here she can be herself, liberated from all the strict court rules in Austria. She spends her days with Count Andrassy, riding in the woods. At a ball in his castle he declares his love for her. Because of this Sissi feels forced to break her relationship with him, and moves back to Vienna. It is soon discovered that she is seriously ill with tuberculosis. Dr. Seeburger doesn't think she will survive the winter, but a change of climate might help. After some months on Madeira Sissi's illness is even worse. Her mother, Duchess Ludovika, then decides to go to Madeira to help Sissi recapture the joy of life. When Dr. Seeburger examines Sissy at Corfu several months later, he finds her fully recovered. The Austrian ministers suggest that Emperor Franz Joseph should combine his reunion with Sissy with an official visit to Lombardy-Venetia. Austria is much hated there, but ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Drama | History | Romance


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When Sissi got very sick, Helene, then pregnant with her second child, followed Sissi to Madera to stay by her side. The two sisters were very close. This was never shown in the movie. See more »


Empress Elisabeth of Austria: My darling, now I want a little kiss. No, that was nothing... Another one. Another one. A real big one. There!
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Roses from the South
Music by Johann Strauss
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16 November 1998 | by bonitoSee all my reviews

What a film: full colour (from Agfa), all those typical Austrian names and characters, beautiful and young Romy Schneider, but it is "Kitsch". The movie has nothing in common with real history, but served in the 50s an audience which tried to forget the war and nazism. They took the most wonderful scenes in Venice, when Sissis little daughter welcomes her mother arriving by gondola. Kitsch as kitsch can!

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Release Date:

1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Sissi face à son destin See more »

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Production Co:

Erma-Film See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Perfectone)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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