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?!"