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Novembre 1981 : Romy Schneider tourne La Passante du Sans-Souci à Berlin. Ce sera le dernier film de cette grande actrice qui disparaît six mois plus tard. De Sissi aux héroïnes de Sautet, tour à tour pudique et provocante, libre et asservie, déchirée entre son pays d’origine et son pays
d’adoption, elle incarne, derrière son sourire lumineux, une fragilité qui nous émeut encore. Même à quarante-trois ans on peut mourir d’une blessure d’enfance…
Princess Elisabeth, nicknamed « Sissi », is the second oldest daughter of Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. She is a carefree, impulsive and nature-loving child. 16-year-old Sissi travels from Possenhofen to the spa town of Bad Ischl in Upper Austria. Sissi spends her time fishing in the forest where by chance she meets Franz Josef. The emperor is unaware that the girl is his cousin Sissi. He takes a liking to her and invites her for an afternoon hunting trip in the Alps.
They meet as arranged in the mountains where they talk and become acquainted. Sissi falls in love with him but does not reveal her true identity. When Sissi returns to their residence, Néné reveals the reason for the trip to Bad Ischl: to become engaged with Franz Joseph. Unexpectedly, a new guest, the Prince of Lippe, arrives and Sissi is invited by the Archduchess to act as his partner at the Emperor’s birthday celebration. At his birthday party, Franz Joseph is suddenly confronted by Sissi’s appearance there with her mother and sister.
In Possenhofen, preparations for the wedding have started. Sissi is not excited about her impending marriage, as the hurt Néné has left for an indefinite period. For her sister’s sake, Sissi attempts to break her engagement, however, Néné returns with a new suitor, Maximilian Anton, Hereditary Prince of Thurn and Taxis. For the wedding ceremony, Sissi travels with her family on the steamboat « Franz Joseph » down the Danube to Vienna.
People line the banks, waving flags and cheering their future Empress. As part of a grand procession, Sissi enters the city in a gilded carriage. Sissi was filmed in some original places the Empress visited, including Schönbrunn Palace and the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl. An early movie about the life of the empress was The King Steps Out, a 1936 American light comedy film directed by Josef von Sternberg, starring Grace Moore. Sissi was viewed by 20 to 25 million people in cinemas. It is one of the most successful German-speaking movies.
The movie was followed by The Young Empress in 1956 and Fateful Years of an Empress in 1957. The success of the movie marked Empress Elisabeth’s entrance to popular culture which made the historical figure even more legendary. The popularity of the films attracted tourists to places which were associated with the Empress, specifically those in Austria. Romy Schneider’s role as Elisabeth is considered her acting breakthrough. She became synonymous with her role in the film, even as she progressed in her acting career. Schneider reprised the role of Elisabeth in Luchino Visconti’s 1972 film Ludwig, this time portraying the Empress as a mature yet cynical woman. The films have been dubbed in languages including French, English, Spanish and Japanese.