Directed by Ernst Marischka • 1955 • Austria
Starring Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider
A seventeen-year-old Romy Schneider makes an impressive starring debut in the delightful Austrian comedy SISSI. The titular heroine is a nineteenth-century lass of noble birth, who charms everyone she meets. Especially impressed is young Franz Joseph (Karlheinz Böhm), emperor of the Hapsburg Empire. When Sissi comes of age, the emperor pursues her romantically, with fascinating results. The first of an enduringly popular series of films showcasing Schneider as the young Empress Elizabeth, SISSI costars the fledgling ingenue’s real-life mother, Magda Schneider, as her on-screen mother, Princess Ludovika of Bavaria.