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In the first of a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth "Sissi" of Austria, the young vibrant princess catches the eye of her sister's fiancé, Emperor Franz Josef.

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Ernst Marischka

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romy Schneider ... Sissi
Karlheinz Böhm ... Kaiser Franz Joseph
Magda Schneider ... Duchess Ludovika in Bayern / Vickie
Uta Franz ... Princess Helene in Bayern / Nene
Gustav Knuth ... Duke Max in Bavaria
Vilma Degischer ... Archduchess Sophie
Josef Meinrad ... Gendarmerie-Major Böckl
Erich Nikowitz Erich Nikowitz ... Archduke Franz Karl
Karl Fochler Karl Fochler ... Graf Grünne
Franz Böheim Franz Böheim ... Johann Petzmacher
Peter Weck ... Archduke Carl-Ludwig
Hilde Wagener ... Baronin Wulffen
Egon von Jordan ... Graf Arco, Prime Minister
Richard Eybner Richard Eybner ... Postmeister von Ischl
Otto Treßler Otto Treßler ... Feldmaerschall Radetzky
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The young Emperor Franz Joseph is on his way to his summer residence at Ischl, where his birthday will be celebrated with a big party. His mother, Archduchess Sophie, has decided that he shall marry her niece Princess Helene of Bayern, and that the engagement shall be proclaimed at the ball. Franz Joseph doesn't know Helene yet, but his mother has already prepared everything. To avoid suspicions of what is going on, her sister, Duchess Ludovika of Bavaria, brings not only Princess Helene, called Néné, to the ball, but also the somewhat younger Princess Elisabeth, called Sissi. Archduchess Sophie is particular about strict etiquette at the court, and dislikes her niece Sissi, who is a free spirit, just as her father, Duke Max of Bavaria. To keep Sissi inactive, her room in Ischl is locked from outside, but Sissi escapes through a window. She goes to the wood, and when she is fishing in a river, the Emperor Franz Joseph passes by in his royal carriage. He is immediately enamored by ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

22 December 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La principessa Sissi See more »

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Erma-Film See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color (Agfacolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Karlheinz Böhm and Romy Schneider were close friends in real life. See more »

Goofs

Colonel Böckl is watching Sissi climbing out of a window of her bedroom where she has been locked just before by her mother and now wants to get and and go fishing. Böckl is hiding behind a bush and several scenes show him with the town in the background. In one scene for a very short moment you can clearly see a car passing by far between two houses. See more »

Quotes

Kaiser Franz Joseph: What? Miss even brought a zither along?
Sissi: Yes. Papa even took it all the way to Egypt up the Cheops Pyramid.
Kaiser Franz Joseph: Papili has been to Egypt?
Sissi: Suddenly something inside makes him get up and go. I think I'll be just like him one day.
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Referenced in Romy (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Kaiserlied
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by Lorenz Leopold Haschka
Played as Sissi arrives in Vienna for the wedding festivities.
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The best 1950s "Heimat"-kitsch ever!
16 May 2005 | by hvlinkervleugelSee all my reviews

I have seen these films over and over again, probably already more than fifty times. This is the first of a series of three Austrian films, produced in 1954 ("Sissi"), 1955 ("Sissi-die junge Kaiserin") and 1956 ("Sissi-Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin"), directed by Ernst Marishka, and are the epitome of total kitsch and enormously campy. I know that these films are almost unknown outside of continental Europe, but still, they are worth seeing! Played by a very young Romy Schneider - a role that stuck to her, much to her chagrin in later years. The trilogy is about the life of the Austrian Empress and Hungarian Queen Elizabeth (1837-1898) - or "Sissi" - in the first years of her marriage to the Austrian Emperor and 'Apostolic' King of Hungary Franz-Joseph I (1830-1916) - played by Karl-Heinz Böhm. Although the writers did fib frightfully with the historical truths (read for those "Elisabeth", the biography written by Brigitte Hamann), still, the sugar sweetness, the crinolines, the music and the grandeur of the scenes is breathtaking. However, my favourite character in the film is "Sissi's" mother-in-law, archduchess Sophie, played very ably by Vilma Degischer. Sophie is portrayed as a complete bitch of a woman (which in reality she was, after she managed to save the Habsburg monarchy single-handedly from the revolutionary mobs in 1848), something Joan Collins would be able to take lessons from... My most favourite scene is the closing scene of the third movie: "E viva la mama!" - where Sissi is reunited with her daughter on Venice's Piazza San Marco. Watch it, and have lots of handkerchiefs ready for use (if you're a closeted romantic like myself, that is!).


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