Paramount took three Austrian films (SISSI; SISSI, DIE JUNGE KAISERIN; and SISSI, SCHICKSALSJAHRE EINER KAISERIN), cut them into one lengthy feature, and added a sappy Hal David/Burt Bacharach tune for release in America. The film details the life of Franz Josef (Boehm), the young emperor
of Austria, with special attention given to his romance with Schneider, the princess of Bavaria. As the years progress, Schneider becomes a powerful influence in the royal decision-making of Boehm, and she eventually convinces him to seek peace with other nations. The film is lavishly produced
with great period detail, but in the final analysis a piecemeal effort that would probably have been more interesting if it had been left alone and released as three separate movies. The film was one of many in which Magda Schneider, a popular star of German and Austrian movies in the 1930s,
supported her daughter, Romy, and the SISSI version of the movie also was the one that propelled Romy Schneider to stardom. (The Fritz Kreisler operetta "Sissi" had been converted in 1936 by Columbia as THE KING STEPS OUT, directed by Josef von Sternberg.)
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