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Sissi: Forever My Love [DVD]

Karlheinz Böhm , Magda Schneider , Ernst Marischka    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Karlheinz Böhm, Magda Schneider, Vilma Degischer, Gustav Knuth, Josef Meinrad
  • Directors: Ernst Marischka
  • Writers: Ernst Marischka
  • Producers: Ernst Marischka
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Kinowelt
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,522 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), German ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Making Of, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The trilogy on Franz Josef, Emperor of Austria and his queen Empress Elizabeth by director Ernest Marischka has been cut and spliced to make this interesting though slow-paced, two and a half-hour compilation costume drama. The tale starts out with the courtship of the future queen, known as 'Sissi' (Romy Schneider, who made her screen debut in the first of the three dramas), an attractive and lively young woman. After Franz Josef (Karl Boehm) falls in loves and captures Sissi's heart, they plan their wedding and head into the topic of the second feature in the series, the coronation of Franz Josef in Budapest. Finally, Sissi is shown as being instrumental in helping to keep the peace - or obtain it - among the belligerent nations of Europe. ...Sissi: Forever My Love ( Forever My Love )

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sissi - forever my love 26 Jan 2008
the story of Sissi in real historic terms is fascinating - if you are interested you will need to visit the Schonbrun Palace if you are ever in Vienna - extremely beautiful - and look at the portraits of Sissi by Winterhalter - breath-taking. However - this film version is very poor, the filming and sound extremely poor and the quality of the DVD is very shaky. There is only one film on this DVD and not 3 as I assumed there would be from the title above - I would not recommend anyone buying this at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of romantic film making - iconic status 20 May 2007
The three Sissi movies launched Romy Schneider as an actress. If you are raised in a German speaking country you just will know it as every X-mas or Easter these movies are shown on TV. It is part of the culture and has reached iconic status.

It presents you in most romantic terms with the love story to the Austrian Emperor Francis Joseph and the Duchess Elisabeth in Bavaria, soon to be the legendary Empress Sissi who captured her contemporise and remains a legend till today. Of course, this is not about history to be learned as it operates with half truth and views from the 1950th. It is a movie to be enjoyed not an educational exercise. All is about beauty in every aspect of it. Just go for it.

Romy Schneider soon tired of the saccharine image these movies had bestowed upon her and moved to France where she became a most distinguished actress and giving remarkable performances in films such as Le vieux fusil, Max et les ferailleurs and the crowd pleasers, Les choses de la vie and Cesar et Rosalie. The harsh L'important c'est d'aimer, garnered her first Cesar (France's equivalent of the Oscar).

"Sissi sticks to me just like oatmeal" Romy Schneider once famously said. And in many ways it did. A story goes that - while Romy Schneider was still alive - a group of elderly women took a guided tour in the Kapuziner Gruft, the burial place of Austria's imperial Family. When the guide showed them the tomb of the Empress Elisabeth one of the ladies cried shocked out "Oh my God, Romy Schneider is already dead?!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By vera
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this is a great film showing the austrian emperor franz joseph and his beautiful bride sissy, elizabeth. i know im biased but i find this period of history so intresting, the lead up to world war one and the causes, effects and reasons which led to the great war are so poignant and emotional to be as my great grand father gave his life in 1918 just days before the end of the war
as this is a german film which is dubbed in to english i found myself watching their mouths as they clearly wernt saying what the dialouge was but for me this just added to the charm of the film.
this wasnt the best film ive ever seen but it is one of my favourites, the tv series fall of eagles is by far superior but as im so interested in this period of history i did love the acting, and the chemistry between the two lead actors and can say this is truely a great film
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why dub the movie? 19 Dec 2010
I did not pay enough attention to the details of the edition. It turned out (as I have to admit the details section say) to be dubbed into English. Why on earth dub a German movie into English and add German subtitles??? Why not keep the original sound and add English subtitles instead? I am not quite sure - it's been quite a while since I saw the three original movies - but I also suspect that this edition is shortened with scenes cut out or at least shortened.

I love the fabulously romantic movie trilogy about Empress Elizabeth (gorgeous settings and dresses, for instance) but I would not recommend this particular edition. I will try to find a complete edition with original German sound and English subtitles and I encourage others to do the same. If however, you have no problem with lip movements and sounds not being in synch as long as you do not have to read subtitles, then go for this edition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars no problems 31 Jan 2010
By Nome
My mother has watched it 3 times already and loves it ... well worth the money !
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