Romy Schneider makes an impressive starring debut in the delightful Austrian comedy Sissi. The titular heroine is a preteen 19th century lass of noble birth, who charms everyone she meets. Especially impressed is young Franz Joseph, emperor the Hapsburg Empire. When Sissi comes of age, the emperor pursues the girl romantically, with fascinating results. Filmed in 1955, Sissi was the first of a popular series of films showcasing Romy Schneider as the young Empress Elizabeth.
Sissi: The Young Empress (1956):
The second in a trilogy of movies about Elisabeth “Sissi” of Austria, the film chronicles the married life of the young empress as she tries to adjust to formal and strict life in the palace and an overbearing mother-in-law.
Sissi: The Fateful Years of an Empress (1957):
In Vienna, young Austrian Empress Sissi (Romy Schneider) is fatigued from the pressures of having to hold court. Though happily married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Sissi must endure the familial machinations of Franz’s mother, Archduchess Sophie.
Victoria in Dover (1954):
England, the 19th century. Young Victoria is crowned to be the queen of England. She aims to do her best in order to help her country prosper. However, the family and her trustful advisor, Lord Melbourne, plan marriage for her. She is to get married to a German prince Albert. But Victoria sees her future differently and decides to leave London for a few days. She goes to Paris. On her way to France, she stays incognito in a little tavern in Dover with a baroness. There by chance she meets a handsome man and falls in love head over heels. Later, however, in very strange circumstances, it turns out that the handsome man is prince Albert himself. Victoria in Dover marks the film debut of reknowned actress, Romy Schneider.
Forever my Love (1962):
A compilation of the Sissi film trilogy, depicting the marriage between Austrian Emperor Francis Joseph and his cousin, Bavarian Princess Elisabeth (Romy Schneider). Originally released by Paramount Pictures in the U.S. in 1962 and featuring the theme song written by Burt Bacharach, this film is presented in the original English dubbed version.