Sissi: The Young Empress

Synopsis: Through her Hungarian teacher the young Empress Sissi is enchanted by Hungary, a country she has never visited, but feels an affinity with. The Council of Ministers wants to punish some Hungarian rebels, but Emperor Franz Joseph gives all the rebels amnesty, including their leader, Count Andrassy. The Emperor is influenced by his wife, who says that you cannot win a country with force, only with love. The Hungarians are deeply affected by Sissi's love for their country, and want to crown Franz Joseph and Sissi to King and Queen of Hungary. At a big ball for the Hungarians the Emperor's mother, Archduchess Sophie, insults Count Andrassy, by refusing to greet him. Sissi rescues the situation by asking Count Andrassy to dance with her. Sissi gives birth to a daughter, but her happiness is broken, when Archduchess Sophie decides to nourish the baby herself, and takes it away from its mother. Sissi runs away to her family in Bavaria. Franz Joseph follows her, and takes her on a honeymoon in
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Ernst Marischka
Production: Erma-Film
  3 nominations.
107 min


- Well, Baron...|- Your Majesty?

Are you happy with|the end of the wedding?


The work have been accumulated...

and I have a little time|for the Empress.

The ministers are|already reunited.

Send them in.

Please, gentlemen.

Excellency, make your report.

The fact that created some|problems in the Congress...

was the amnesty that Your|Majesty gave to the Hungarians.

And I do not hesitate to say that...

All the ministers were|against this amnesty.


We all have the same opinion|that the amnesty represents...

a new and great danger|to the Austrian nation.

It will be worst if we|consider them our enemies.

I will give the amnesty,|even against the ministers will.

I could...

The amnesty will be|given immediately.

The countess Sofia!

I need to speak in private with|the baroness Esterhazy!

Baroness Esterhazy, I nominated you|master of the Empress...

because of the great|confidence I have in yours.

Everything the Empress does,|it must be informed to me.

This way, I'll have conditions to conduct|better the life of this young lady!

Concerning to the mutual confidence...

I'll report myself|the best way is possible.

What do you have to report?

One more time,|they brought a new parrot.

I ask your permission|to lock it in the backyard...

because the scream is terrible.

If the Empress likes animals so much...

you must keep them|where she wants!

And if the noise bothers you...

I suggest you to|put cotton in your ears!

Open this drawer.

- What book is that?|- The Empress' diary.

Give me it.

Do you have anything|else to report me?

The Empress complains of|our installations for the bath.

Maria Teresa lived|and took bath here.

For someone that is empress|by accident, it's very good!

- What else? - She asked if...

colonel Bckl from Ischl|did not show up for an audience.

Bckl? From Ischl?

I do not know him!

So, mister, look at me!

Don't you remember me, mister?

- Have you a hair cut?|- Try to concentrate.

- Yes, the mustache's gone!|- More concentration!

Bckl! You turned to a colonel!

And I was transferred to Vienna!

Really? Congratulations!|And how did you get it?

Remember the ring the Empress,|that was a princess, pledged?

Yes, to send|a telegram.

I gave this ring back to the|Empress in an audience...

and she ordered me|to be transferred...

to stay at the entire|disposition of the Empress!

- My dear Elisabeth.|- Our Elisabeth!

No, my Elisabeth!

My friend, something|awful happened to me.

What was it?

Imagine it, I fell in love|with the Empress!

- What?|- When she looks at me...

my heart blows up...|I start trembling.

When she smiles,|I feel I could faint!

- Bckl!|- The smile! That lovely smile!

That's love.

I'll never learn|to speak Croatia.

- What will we do now?|- Hungarian class.

Well, I like everything|that's Hungarian!

- You too, isn't it?|- I hate everything that's Hungarian.

Ah, yes, you lost|your husband in Hungary.

I'm sorry to wake up|this so bad recollection.

What are you bringing,|baroness?

The Royal Highness Sofia asked me|to give this to Your Majesty...

the instructions for the ceremonial|procedures from the Spain Court...

the ones that Your Majesty|must study completely.

Nineteen pages?

What does it mean:|It'll have access to the palace...

only noble women|and honor ladies?

The noble women and the ladies|are the ones that receive...

authorization to come into|the Empress facilities.

And it's pre notified|that these people belong to...

twenty-three most|traditional families...

and two hundred and twenty nine|ladies of high level.

Well, I'll see if I can|understand this silly thing.

Baroness Bellegarde?

Send Doctor Falk in...

just for me|to relax my mind.

Were you in session|with the Emperor?

Yes, Your Highness!

I can see on your face that is not|nice what you have to tell me.

I am afraid that Your Highness|will be chocked as much as I am.

No more grammar for today.

If Your Majesty allow me...

I wanted to tell you about the|beauty of Hungary.

It is a pleasure! Did you|bring anymore pictures?

Sure!|Some of Putza...

Some of the Hungary plans.

with their sheet flock|and bull-calf.

This is the Real Palace...

that is not used|for 354 years.

When will we have a king again...

a king that respects the freedom|of the Hungary people?

I will do everything I can|to help your country.

It is strange...

but I feel myself more related|to the Hungary land...

than to any other country,|even I do not know it.

I can see it!

But also the Hungarians that|also know you...

only through what I write...

have for Your Majesty|a great respect...

because they know that you are|their guard angel!

Did you really take the state of siege|off and gave amnesty to the Hungarians?

Yes, mother.

The amnesty is for the commander of the|rebels, the Baron Andrassy, as well?

Of course it is.

In my country|where I am so happy...

I do not want to see|anybody sad!

But Franz, you can not conduct a|nation with your feelings.

We had set that any|rebel act...

would be punished very hard.

But the peace we conquer|through the love.

I can already imagine who put|this idea on your mind.

You are right


And I am so grateful|to her for that!

I am curious to know if|you will be grateful for this.

What is that?

Her diary.

How did you get|her diary?

It does not matter!|Listen to this!

I do not want to read it|without her permission.

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Ernst Marischka

Ernst Marischka (2 January 1893 – 12 May 1963) was an Austrian screenwriter and film director. He wrote for 93 films between 1913 and 1962. He also directed 29 films between 1915 and 1962. He wrote and directed the Sissi trilogy - Sissi (1955), Sissi - The Young Empress (1956) and Sissi - Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (1957). The films were based on the life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria. He was the brother of Hubert Marischka. He was named for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1946, for A Song to Remember (1945). more…

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