Better known as Sisi (or Sissi), Empress Elisabeth of Austria is more than just a historical figure. It is a way of life, a myth and now also a commercial product that can be used at face value. In particular, the “Sissi” trilogy with Romy Schneider is an absolute television cult in Germany and an unassailable cultural asset that, despite being repeated annually, has good ratings on free TV. And even if the Sisi hype dies down from time to time, it has never completely disappeared.
We are currently at a real Sisi high again: After RTL+ presented a new “Sisi” series at the end of 2021, for which a second season has already been confirmed, the topic was last discussed with the much darker “Corsage” in the cinema picked up. And Netflix has also jumped on the “Sisi” train and is launching its own mini-series with “The Empress”, for which a new trailer has now been released.
When Duchess Elisabeth (Devrim Lingnau) meets Franz Joseph (Philip Froissant), Emperor of Austria, it is love at first sight. Just two days later, the young ruler proposed to his “Sisi” – the spontaneous marriage not only met with approval at the Austrian court. Left to her own devices, Sisi first has to find her way in the new living environment and be careful not to constantly clash with Franz’s mother Sophie, who seems to be a thorn in her side when her son’s wife is married. There is also Franz’s vivacious brother Maxi, who gives the young empress nice looks, which are definitely returned. Meanwhile, Franz must deal with the increasingly threatening domestic and foreign political tensions that threaten to tear the country apart.
The Netflix series not only focuses on the love story, which is otherwise so radiantly staged, but also focuses on the country’s political problems, the consequences of which threaten the young love to fail. Hatred, intrigues, resentment – we see all of this in the first trailer and a young Sisi who tries to establish herself at court despite all this resistance. “The Empress” could provide an exciting new perspective on a well-known story.