Forever My Love


2h 27m 1962
Forever My Love

Brief Synopsis

The romantic "Sissi" trilogy condensed into one film.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sissi, Sissi--Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin, Sissi--die junge Kaiserin
Genre
Romance
Drama
Biography
Foreign
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Mar 1962
Production Company
Erma Film
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
Austria
Screenplay Information
Based on the operetta Sissy , music and libretto by Ernst and Hubert Marischka and Fritz Kreisler (Vienna, 23 Dec 1932).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

In the 1850's, Archduchess Sophie of Austria selects the Bavarian Princess Helene to wed her son, Emperor Franz Josef. But the emperor falls in love with Helene's uninhibited younger sister Elisabeth, nicknamed Sissi, whom he at first mistakes for a country girl. At a reception to announce his engagement, they meet again, and Franz Josef announces that he will marry Sissi. Following their honeymoon, Sissi takes her newly acquired responsibilities very seriously but breaks one tradition after another, violating the rigid protocol established by the archduchess. Franz Josef, however, delights in her openness and simplicity, which eventually prove instrumental in winning over the restless Hungarian nation. Hungary's Count Andrassy confesses his love for Sissi, but although she is attracted to him, she remains faithful to her husband, and they enjoy a second honeymoon in the Alps. She becomes ill with tuberculosis, however, and is sent to Spain for treatment. Under the devoted care of her mother, Duchess Ludovika, she miraculously recovers and is reunited with Franz Josef. Together they visit Italy, where they receive a hostile reception, but Sissi's wisdom and charm again convert the crowds into friends. Their mission accomplished, the royal couple returns to their native Austria.

Film Details

Also Known As
Sissi, Sissi--Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin, Sissi--die junge Kaiserin
Genre
Romance
Drama
Biography
Foreign
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 27 Mar 1962
Production Company
Erma Film
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
Austria
Screenplay Information
Based on the operetta Sissy , music and libretto by Ernst and Hubert Marischka and Fritz Kreisler (Vienna, 23 Dec 1932).

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 27m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Articles

Forever My Love


"Once in a Lifetime...The Opulence and Magnitude...The Gilt and Glory of a Mighty Empire! You will live this unforgettable spectacle in all its turbulence and magnitude, in all its pomp and power! The Once-in-a-Lifetime Story of a Royal Affair!" proclaimed the American posters for Forever My Love (1962), a compilation of three films produced in Germany in the 1950s: Sissi (1955), Sissi-die junge Kaiserin (1956), and Sissi-Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (1957). Each was loosely based on the life of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth (1837-1898) who was known as "Sissi."

The star was Romy Schneider, who had made her mark at sixteen by playing Queen Victoria of England in The Story of Vickie (1954), released in the United States in 1958. Ernst Marischka had directed Schneider in The Story of Vickie and was so impressed with her performance that he cast her in the role of Sissi.

All of the screenplays for Forever My Love were based on the 1932 Viennese operetta Sissy, with music and libretto by Ernst Marischka, his brother, Hubert, and the great composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler. It was a frothy, flamboyant costume drama set in the Austria of the 1850s. Archduchess Sophie (Vilma Degischer) has decided that her son, the Emperor Franz Josef (Karlheinz Böhm), will marry Princess Helene of Bavaria (Uta Franz). Franz Josef meets Sissi and mistakes her for a country girl. Although pledged to Helene, Franz Josef falls in love with Sissi, and when the time comes to announce his marriage, he chooses her, instead. After the marriage, Sissi tries her best to please everyone but breaks traditions and protocols with her open manner, which helps to endear her to her new country. Also in the cast were Romy Schneider's mother, the famed German actress Magda Schneider as Sissi's mother, the Duchess Ludovika, and Gustav Knuth as Duke Max of Bavaria.

The Austrian production company Wien-Film GmbH made the trilogy, with distribution in the United States by Paramount Pictures. Marischka also served as director and producer, with music by Burt Bacharach (who wrote the title track) and Anton Profes. Forever My Love debuted in New York on March 27, 1962.

The film was total escapist fare for Austria and Germany, still recovering from the defeat and destruction of World War II. Audiences wanted to look back with rose-colored glasses at a more successful past and these films became the most successful in the Austrian film industry for decades. Today, they continue to play on television, often as an event on Christmas. The role of Sissi made Romy Schneider an international star, but it became an albatross around her neck. Schneider's public persona became so identified with the sweet, virginal role that the press and public began to refer to her by that name. Her handlers, including her mother, encouraged the association, with Magda Schneider telling the press, "This child has not yet been in touch with the filth of the world." By the time she had completed the third film, Romy Schneider had grown tired of the role, even turning down 1million Deutschmark to make a fourth film, which shocked and disappointed audiences. She would later revisit the role in a more realistic film, Luchino Visconti's Ludwig (1972).

SOURCES:

http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=22914
Bock, Hans-Michael and Bergfelder, Tim The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema
Dominic, Serene Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans
The Internet Movie Database
Krämer, Nadja, Ginsberg, Terri, and Mensch, Andrea A Companion to German Cinema
Paletschek, Sylvia Popular Historiographies In The 19th And 20th Centuries
Schulte, Regina The Body of the Queen: Gender and Rule in the Courtly World, 1500-2000
Sellier, Julien Romy Schneider: une vie de star, une fin tragique
http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/75416/Forever-My-Love

By Lorraine LoBianco
Forever My Love

Forever My Love

"Once in a Lifetime...The Opulence and Magnitude...The Gilt and Glory of a Mighty Empire! You will live this unforgettable spectacle in all its turbulence and magnitude, in all its pomp and power! The Once-in-a-Lifetime Story of a Royal Affair!" proclaimed the American posters for Forever My Love (1962), a compilation of three films produced in Germany in the 1950s: Sissi (1955), Sissi-die junge Kaiserin (1956), and Sissi-Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin (1957). Each was loosely based on the life of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth (1837-1898) who was known as "Sissi." The star was Romy Schneider, who had made her mark at sixteen by playing Queen Victoria of England in The Story of Vickie (1954), released in the United States in 1958. Ernst Marischka had directed Schneider in The Story of Vickie and was so impressed with her performance that he cast her in the role of Sissi. All of the screenplays for Forever My Love were based on the 1932 Viennese operetta Sissy, with music and libretto by Ernst Marischka, his brother, Hubert, and the great composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler. It was a frothy, flamboyant costume drama set in the Austria of the 1850s. Archduchess Sophie (Vilma Degischer) has decided that her son, the Emperor Franz Josef (Karlheinz Böhm), will marry Princess Helene of Bavaria (Uta Franz). Franz Josef meets Sissi and mistakes her for a country girl. Although pledged to Helene, Franz Josef falls in love with Sissi, and when the time comes to announce his marriage, he chooses her, instead. After the marriage, Sissi tries her best to please everyone but breaks traditions and protocols with her open manner, which helps to endear her to her new country. Also in the cast were Romy Schneider's mother, the famed German actress Magda Schneider as Sissi's mother, the Duchess Ludovika, and Gustav Knuth as Duke Max of Bavaria. The Austrian production company Wien-Film GmbH made the trilogy, with distribution in the United States by Paramount Pictures. Marischka also served as director and producer, with music by Burt Bacharach (who wrote the title track) and Anton Profes. Forever My Love debuted in New York on March 27, 1962. The film was total escapist fare for Austria and Germany, still recovering from the defeat and destruction of World War II. Audiences wanted to look back with rose-colored glasses at a more successful past and these films became the most successful in the Austrian film industry for decades. Today, they continue to play on television, often as an event on Christmas. The role of Sissi made Romy Schneider an international star, but it became an albatross around her neck. Schneider's public persona became so identified with the sweet, virginal role that the press and public began to refer to her by that name. Her handlers, including her mother, encouraged the association, with Magda Schneider telling the press, "This child has not yet been in touch with the filth of the world." By the time she had completed the third film, Romy Schneider had grown tired of the role, even turning down 1million Deutschmark to make a fourth film, which shocked and disappointed audiences. She would later revisit the role in a more realistic film, Luchino Visconti's Ludwig (1972). SOURCES: http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=22914 Bock, Hans-Michael and Bergfelder, Tim The Concise Cinegraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema Dominic, Serene Burt Bacharach, Song by Song: The Ultimate Burt Bacharach Reference for Fans The Internet Movie Database Krämer, Nadja, Ginsberg, Terri, and Mensch, Andrea A Companion to German Cinema Paletschek, Sylvia Popular Historiographies In The 19th And 20th Centuries Schulte, Regina The Body of the Queen: Gender and Rule in the Courtly World, 1500-2000 Sellier, Julien Romy Schneider: une vie de star, une fin tragique http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/75416/Forever-My-Love By Lorraine LoBianco

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Copyright length: 115 min. Location scenes filmed in the Alps, the French Riviera, Tirol, Schönbrunn, and elsewhere in Austria and Italy. The film is a compilation of footage from three films: Sissi, released in Austria in 1956 at 102 min; Sissi-die junge Kaiserin, released in 1957 at 106 min; and Sissi-Schicksalsjahre einer Kaiserin, released in 1958 at 109 min. Registered for copyright by Aspa A. G.