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Director  Ernst Marischka
Prequel  Sissi
Writer  Ernst Marischka
Language  German
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, History
Country  Austria
Sissi The Young Empress movie poster
Release date  19 December 1956 (1956-12-19)
Sequel  Sissi - Fateful Years of an Empress
Cast  Romy Schneider (Sissi, Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich), Karlheinz Böhm (Franz Joseph, Kaiser von Österreich), Magda Schneider (Herzogin Ludovika von Bayern), Vilma Degischer (Erzherzogin Sophie), Gustav Knuth (Herzog Max von Bayern), Walter Reyer (Graf Andrassy)
Similar movies  Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress, Sissi, Lakeview Terrace, Ken Park, The Astronaut's Wife, Werckmeister Harmonies

A young woman (Romy Schneider) tries to adapt to her new life as Austrias empress.


Sissi The Young Empress movie scenes

Sissi – The Young Empress (German: ) is a 1956 film directed by Ernst Marischka and starring Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Bohm, Magda Schneider, Uta Franz, Gustav Knuth, Vilma Degischer and Josef Meinrad. It was entered into the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. It is the second film in the Sissi trilogy, following Sissi and preceding Sissi - Fateful Years of an Empress.

Sissi The Young Empress movie scenes

Sissi is now the empress of Austria and attempts to learn etiquette. While she is busy being empress she also has to deal with her difficult new mother-in-law, while the arch-duchess Sophie is trying to tell the emperor how to rule and also Sissi how to be a mother.


Sissi slowly adapts to life as empress of Austria, but her mother-in-law is hard to live with. Archduchess Sophie adheres to the long-established rules protocol and etiquette, and constantly interferes not only with the emperors government of the empire but in his family life as well. When Sissis first child is born, the Archduchess Sophie insists on taking away the child to raise her, because she feels Sissi is too young and unqualified to do so. Sophie also feels that Sissis place is not in the nursery with her baby, but with her husband as the emperor travels around the empire. A scandal threatens to break out when Sissi leaves Vienna and returns to Bavaria to see her parents. She keeps the truth from her mother, but confesses to her father that she cannot live with Archduchess Sophies constant criticism and tyranny. Franz Joseph follows her and finally convinces her to return to Vienna. This strengthens Sissis influence with the emperor, and she supports Prince Gyula Andrassy and the cause of the Hungarians for equal standing in the Empire. The movie concludes with her being crowned Queen of the Hungarians in Budapest. (In fact the coronation was not held until 1867, but "SissiThe Young Empress" brings the event forward in time to make the ceremony appear to be a confirmation of Sissis improving status as empress.)


  • Romy Schneider - Empress Elisabeth of Austria, or "Sissi"
  • Karlheinz Bohm - Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria
  • Vilma Degischer - Archduchess Sophie, Franz Josephs mother
  • Erich Nikowitz - Archduke Franz Karl, Franz Josephs father
  • Magda Schneider - Duchess Ludovika in Bavaria, Sissis mother
  • Gustav Knuth - Duke Max in Bavaria, Sissis father
  • Josef Meinrad - Major Bockl
  • Richard Eybner - Postmaster of Ischl
  • Walter Reyer - Count Andrassy
  • Senta Wengraf - Countess Bellegarde
  • Helene Lauterbock - Countess Esterhazy-Liechtenstein
  • References

    Sissi – The Young Empress Wikipedia
    Sissi – The Young Empress IMDb Sissi – The Young Empress