Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sissi - The Young Empress

Sissi, die junge Kaiserin; Romance, Austria, 1956; D: Ernst Marischka, S: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Gustav Knuth

Cheerful Elisabeth, called Sissi, got married to her Franz and became the Empress of Austria-Hungary. Everyone is happy, but during a ceremony Franz's mother insults the representatives of Hungary, so Sissi saves the good relations by asking them for a dance. Suddenly, she falls unconscious, and it turns out she is pregnant. She gets a healthy daughter, but Franz's mother again interferes since she wants to be the only one to raise the child, which causes an argument. Sissi returns to her parents, but Franz finds her and begs her for forgiveness. She gains more influence and visits Hungary where people adore her.

Sequel "Sissi - The Young Empress" appeared already a year after the original "Sissi", but is visibly weaker since almost nothing works in it, neither humor, nor story, nor romantic side. Actress Romy Schneider and director Ernst Marischka literally copy the previous film so obviously that they even insert some previous scenes - for instance, the one where the heroine chases away a pheasant and saves it from a hunter is pure reprisal from the original when she saved a deer, whereas the characters' personalities also just repeat themselves. Despite that fact that it was even nominated for the Golden Palm, the story is tiresome since nothing is going on, which is why everything consists just out of overstretched little conflicts until the happy end, though it is still a solid and easily watchable piece of history lesson "light".


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