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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.

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Ernst Marischka

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Ernst Marischka
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Cast

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
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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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Country:

Austria

Release Date:

1957 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Sissi face à son destin See more »

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Mono (Perfectone)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

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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Spoofed in Lissi und der wilde Kaiser (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserlied
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by Lorenz Leopold Haschka
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The last part of the Sissi trilogy.
12 October 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Like the first two Marischka movies ,and although nobody sings in these movies,they are closer to operetta than to cinema.Maudlin and syrupy to a fault,they nonetheless retain a kitsch charm.I must confess I love this exponentional schmaltz.History is given a rough ride,this is an euphemism,although most of the events that are depicted here did happen: Sissi's brother did marry an actress, a misalliance,and the adorable little girl whom Sissi's mother pampers would later be Marie Larish who would play a despicable prominent part in the Mayerling tragedy.The Hungarian part would occur later in Sissi's life,(her son Rudolf was present) and Andrassy's flame was purely fictional.

While watching such candid pictures ,listening to lessons in wisdom and kindness,we almost forget that Sissi's fate was in fact a very dark one,and that her husband was still here when WW1 broke out.Afgacolor pictures are delightful and the ending is guaranteed to make the impressionable use two boxes of Kleenex.

Romy Schneider made a volte face after Sissi the third.She turned down a one million marks offer,and despite her mother Magda -who plays her fictional mother and who was the star of Max Ophuls's "liebelei",left for broader horizons:she was to meet Visconti and Welles at the beginning of the sixties.A far cry from Sissi.She played "Sissi " again in 1972 in Viconti's "Ludwig" and she used to say that the Italian master was the only one who showed Elizabeth as she was.

But Sissi is a dear memory ,particularly if you saw it when you were a child.You remember it like some kind of fairy tale in some faraway magic kingdom where every dream can come true.Or something like that.


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