Sissi - The young empress

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Original title Sissi - The young empress
Country of production Austria , Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1956
length 101 minutes
Age rating FSK 6
Director Ernst Marischka
script Ernst Marischka
production Karl Ehrlich ,
Ernst Marischka
music Anton Profes
camera Bruno Mondi
cut Alfred Srp

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Sissi - fateful years of an empress

Sissi - The Young Empress is a historical subjects and home movie from 1956 and the second part of the Sissi - trilogy . The real historical events of Sissi took a back seat in the implementation of the material in favor of a romantic love story.


The young imperial couple has a happy time, even if Sissi is becoming more and more aware of her golden cage at Schönbrunn Palace . Archduchess Sophie's supervision and the strict Spanish court ceremonies increasingly narrow Sissi. Only the travel reports of her court teacher about the country and people of the Austrian Empire inspire the empress and provide a distraction within the castle walls from the tense relationship between Sissi and her mother-in-law.

The difficult political conditions also cloud the young marriage, the Austrian monarchy is in danger - a war with the Russian tsarist empire is looming, and the unrest in Hungary is also cause for concern. Finally, Sissi's influence moves the young Emperor Franz Joseph to a general amnesty for political prisoners in Hungary, which enables a rapprochement between Austria and Hungary.

On the occasion of a reception in honor of the Hungarian military nobility, a scandal breaks out: Archduchess Sophie refuses an audience with the Hungarian ambassadors, whereupon they indignantly want to leave the event. Sissi can prevent the worst; she lets play for women and asks Count Gyula Andrássy, who is about to leave, to dance. Sissi passed out during the first Viennese waltz and fell to the ground.

After a thorough examination, the young empress receives from court doctor Dr. Seeburger received the news that she was pregnant. When her daughter Sophie is born, Sissi enjoys her motherhood. But after a short time her mother-in-law, Archduchess Sophie, spoils her mother's happiness and, against Sissi's will, but with Franz Joseph's backing, takes the newborn into her care. The empress mother doubts the young mother's ability to bring the little princess the appropriate education. After all, Sissi herself is still half a child and must also be able to put herself into the service of the Austrian crown with full strength. The unhappy Empress leaves Vienna disappointed and takes refuge in her parents' castle in Possenhofen in Bavaria .

Franz Joseph follows her. Sissi's mother, Duchess Ludovika , also learns from him the reason for her daughter's unexpected visit. She makes it clear to her son-in-law that it was a mistake to separate Sissi from her child. The imperial couple are reconciled and spend a few carefree days in Tyrol without being recognized .

After their return to Vienna, a joint appearance by the first two ladies of the empire can calm the population, who feared a separation from Sissi and Franz Joseph. Behind the castle walls, a bitter struggle continues to rage to raise little Princess Sophie. Finally, Sissi's mother travels to Vienna to mediate with her sister, Archduchess Sophie. Sissi, who had already planned to leave after the final quarrel with the Empress Mother, only attended an official reception of the Hungarian delegation at the persistent request of the Hungarian Count Andrássy. Shortly before the reception begins, however, Franz Joseph is happy to announce to his wife that his mother has given in and that Sissi wants to leave the upbringing of her child back to Sissi. The dispute between the country's two leading women comes to a happy end.

The Austrian imperial couple traveled to Hungary, where Franz Joseph to the queen of the Hungarian people to the king and Sissi crowned are. The personal problems and political difficulties of the young monarchs have finally been overcome.


The continuation of Sissi sheds light on the politics of the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy and shows the beginnings of the political developments that ultimately made the young Austrian Empress Queen of Hungary. See also: Austro-Hungarian Compensation .

The film became a great commercial success, it was shown in 30 countries and attracted as many visitors as the successful top productions of American film to the cinema. The second part of the Sissi trilogy was also able to build on the successes from the 1950s when it was later exploited through broadcasts on television and the marketing of purchase videos and DVDs .

The film was shown as Austria's contribution to the competition at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1957 .


  • “Entertainment in cheerful colors” - 6000 films. Critical notes from the cinema years 1945 to 1958 . Handbook V of the Catholic film criticism, 3rd edition. Verlag Haus Altenberg, Düsseldorf 1963, p. 398.
  • “An entertainment based on a dream factory, for which the historical material is essentially just a 'hook'.” - Lexicon of international film (CD-ROM edition), Systhema, Munich 1997.
  • “Central to the Sissi image of the young Romy Schneider was that she combined 'authenticity' and 'naturalness' with 'girlliness' and 'innocence' in a credible way. This also explains their cross-generational popularity. [...] The films deal in great detail with a generation change in which the representatives of the youth, Sissi and Franz Joseph, establish a new way of life and new manners, but without rebellion, rather as 'redemption' from the past. "- Stephen Lowry, Helmut Korte: The movie star . J. B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart / Weimar 2000, ISBN 978-3-476-01748-2 .
  • “A continuation of the 'Sissi' theme, polished to a shine with a colorful effort. Exuberantly sweet whipped cream bakery, precisely calculated for the needs of the eyes and the heart of simple minds. ”- Evangelischer Film-Beobachter , review no. 26/1957.
  • “Films have made Empress Elisabeth a myth. They almost never have anything to do with reality. ”- Mittelbayerische Zeitung of December 14, 2012

Precursor and continuation


  • Ernst Marischka : Sissi. A novel based on the films Sissi; Sissi, the young empress and fateful years of an empress . Blüchert, Hamburg 1960 (271 pages).
  • Karin Petra Rudolph: Sissi. The life of an empress. The illustrated book for the original films . Burgschmiet-Verlag, Nuremberg 1998, ISBN 3-932234-26-X (95 pages).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Eternal love only survives on the canvas. In: Mittelbayerische Zeitung . December 14, 2012, accessed March 16, 2018 .