Sissi | Chicago Reader


This 1955 romance was a big hit in its time, the first part of a trilogy that made the gorgeous Romy Schneider a star. She plays a 19th-century Bavarian princess whose older sister is slated to marry Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria. The young emperor meets Sissi by chance—her hook snags his jacket while she's fishing—and falls for her without knowing who she is; embarrassments ensue when he insists on making her his bride. Ernst Marischka's direction, with its awkwardly edited, postcard-pretty compositions, is as stilted as the elaborate Austrian court rituals against which Sissi—following the example of her rough-mannered but endearing father—rebels. In German with subtitles. 105 min.

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