The Sissi Collection
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Elisabeth's beauty was legendary. 17-year old Romy Schneider was perfect in the role of the enchanting, outgoing, free-spirit. She plays Sisi from the age of 15 to her mid-20s when the last film ends.
The films were made between 1955 and 1957 as an Austro-German co-production under the helm of Austrian director Ernst Marischka. They are not historically accurate. They are in the style of mid-50s romantic comedies, good-natured and innocent and with a large dose of cornball humour. To modern viewers they may appear dated, schmaltzy and yes corny.
The first film "Sissi" is my favourite. It has the most pageantry and is the archetypal romance with the fairy-tale ending. It begins with Elisabeth's chance meeting with the young Franz-Josef, literally "hooking" him while out fishing in the lakes around Austria's picturesque Salzkammergut. It chronicles their secret whirlwind romance against the wishes of their parents and ends with the lavish Royal Wedding in Vienna amidst general rejoicing.
"Sissi: Die Junge Kaiserin" (The Young Empress) charts the first year of her marriage to Franz-Josef, her unhappiness at court, the meddling of her mother-in-law, her championing of Hungarian rights and ends with the Hungarian coronation.
"Sissi: Der Shicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin" (The Fateful Years of an Empress) chronicles her estrangement from the Austrian court, her diagnosis with a severe lung disease, presumably tuberculosis and her moving to warmer climes; her travels to Madeira, Corfu, Athens, Milan and Venice.Read more ›
In the classic original SISSI (1955), we first meet the vivacious 16-year-old princess. At her family estate in Bavaria, Princess Elisabeth--nicknamed Sissi--spends her days riding horses, tending to her collection of animals, and hunting in the woods. When her elder sister Nene (Uta Franz) wins an arranged marriage with cousin Emperor Franz-Joseph (Karlheinz Bohm), Sissi and her mother, Duchess Ludovika (Magda Schneider) accompany her to Austria. But things take another turn altogether when Sissi herself meets Franz-Joseph by chance, and captures his heart. The original SISSI is overflowing with charm, lavish costumes and breathless romance. Schneider and Bohm spark off the screen with their strong chemistry as Sissi and Franz-Joseph.
SISSI: THE YOUNG EMPRESS (Sissi: die junge Kaiserin) (1956) picks up the story shortly after the wedding of Sissi and Franz-Joseph. Young Sissi finds it very difficult to adjust to a structured lifestyle in the Austrian palace, following her carefree family life in Bavaria.Read more ›
Please note that the movie is in German with English subtitles.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
More than 40 years ago, I first saw the Sissi movies. I was enchanted then, as I was when I recently purchased the Sissi Collection. It is a delightful collection.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
My grandmother in law was very happy to watch this. It was something she used to watch when she lived in Germany.Published 14 days ago by Elysha Peters
The movie was shot in Austria and Bavaria. Beautiful scenery. Costumes where accurate for that time. Wonderful mixture of drama and humprPublished 1 month ago by Steven Ruel Gray
As with all the other comments I loved this series and believe it is very enjoyablePublished 2 months ago by Leila
Wonderful childhood memories. What happened to TV? Who will make shows like these again? Pure, elegant, for the family and the eyes of even the youngest, and yet very moving for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
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