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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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Ernst Marischka
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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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Trivia

Sissi met Franz Joseph at the age of 15, and was married at 16. See more »

Goofs

Emperess Elisabeth's nickname was never "Sissi". It was Sisi, with one S, and she signed herself as "Lisi". See more »

Quotes

Sissi: If you're ever worried or upset in life, go through the woods like this with open eyes. And in every tree, in every shrub, in every flower, and in every creature, the almighty God will reveal himself to you and give you solace and strength.
Kaiser Franz Joseph: Did Miss read that somewhere?
Sissi: No, it's advice from my Papili.
Kaiser Franz Joseph: Ah, Papili. He must be a wonderful man, that Papili.
Sissi: Indeed, he is.
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Connections

Featured in Century of Cinema: Die Nacht der Regisseure (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Radetzky March
Composed by Johann Strauss Sr.
Played after Franz Joseph announces his engagement to Sissi.
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A Delightful Romance for All Ages
13 April 2006 | by Benedict_CumberbatchSee all my reviews

"Sissi" is the first part of a trilogy about the Austrian princess/empress Elisabeth in Bavaria, aka Sissi (Romy Schneider). The teenage princess lives happily in Bavaria with her parents, Duke Max (Gustav Knuth) and Duchess Ludovika (Magda Schneider, Romy's real life mother), and siblings. When Ludovika is invited by her sister, Archduchess Sophie (Vilma Degischer), to take Helene, Sissi's older sister, to the Austrian court in Ischl, in order to arrange a royal engagement for Helene and the young emperor Franz Joseph (Karlheinz Böhm), Sissi goes along. However, nobody could imagine that Franz would fall in love with the spontaneous, childish Sissi, instead of the sophisticated Helene.

"Sissi" is nothing more than a naïve, romantic matinée – but a very well done romantic matinée! Romy Schneider shines as the young princess, she's the heart of the movie. It's impossible not to fall in love with her gorgeous smile and sweet manners.

Released in the same year as another unforgettable romance ("Picnic", with William Holden, Kim Novak and Rosalind Russell), "Sissi" may not be called a masterpiece. However, I cannot give anything less than a "10" to a movie that makes you feel good and smile even during the hardest times.


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Country:

Austria

Language:

German

Release Date:

22 December 1955 (West Germany) See more »

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