- Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin
name = Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin
caption = DVD Cover deletable image-caption
writer = Ernst Marischka
Romy Schneider Karlheinz Böhm Magda Schneider Gustav Knuth Uta Franz Vilma Degischer Josef Meinrad
December 19, 1957
runtime = 109 min.
language = German
Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin
imdb_id = 0050974
"Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (Sissi - Fateful Years of an Empress)" is a 1957 film directed by
Ernst Marischkaand starring Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Uta Franz, Gustav Knuth, Vilma Degischerand Josef Meinrad. Third of a trilogy of romantic films about the Austrian Princess Sissi.
The Austrian empress enjoys travelling through
Hungary, where she ultimately finds the politically priceless affection of local Count Andrássy too intimate. But this is only temporary relief from the frustrations of court life in Vienna, where dutiful Franz remains chained to his desk and leaves his chillingly strict mother Sophie interfering, even in the upbringing of their daughter, Gisella. When Sissi is diagnosed with possibly fatal tuberculosisand Franz has to allow Sophie to remove their daughter on doctor's warning, Sissi is in danger of losing the will to live while exiled to recovery-inducing climates (Portuguese Madeiraand Greek Corfu). Then desperately needed psychosomatic therapy appears in the form of her indestructibly positive mother Ludovika. She lovingly nurses both her sickness and her taste for life on idyllic walks. Once again Oberst Böckl, the clumsy body-guard whose doting admiration for the empress borders on the improper, provides a comical note, as each time Sissi moves to a new country he struggles with the local language and falls in love with his private teacher. Finally Sissi is well enough to rejoin her husband on an official visit to Venice, part of Austria's remaining possessions in Northern Italy, where nationalists prepare the Habsburgsovereigns a hostile welcome which may even start a violent uprising; but the emotional Italians melt for the ostentatiously loving reunion of mother and daughter on St Mark's Square.
Romy Schneider— Empress Elisabeth of Austria, called Sissi
Karlheinz Böhm— Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria
Magda Schneider— Duchess Ludovika of Bavaria, Sissi's mother
Gustav Knuth— Duke Max of Bavaria, Sissi's father
Uta Franz— Princess Helene of Bavaria, called Nené, Sissi's older sister
Walter Reyer— Graf Andrássy
Vilma Degischer— Archduchess Sophie, Franz Joseph's mother
Josef Meinrad— Oberst Böckl
Erich Nikowitz— Archduke Franz Karl, Franz Joseph's father
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