“The Empress”: historical drama inspires in 88 countries

"The Empress": historical drama inspires in 88 countries

“The Empress”
Historical drama inspires in 88 countries

"The Empress" draws attention around the world: The Netflix series with leading actress Devrim Lingnau as the empress "sissy" occupied in

“The Empress” makes people sit up and take notice worldwide: The Netflix series with leading actress Devrim Lingnau as Empress “Sisi” occupies a place in the top 10 in 88 countries. No non-English language series is currently more successful.

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A German Netflix production about Empress “Sisi” conquered the trend charts in almost 90 countries worldwide.

The German Netflix series “The Empress” is in the top 10 of the streaming provider in 88 countries worldwide. It is currently by far the most successful non-English language production in the trend charts. The historical drama about the famous ruler and her love story has been available since September 29th. Each of the six episodes is around 60 minutes long.

The series is about Elizabeth “Sisi” (Devrim Lingnau, 24) and her love for Emperor Franz of Austria (Philip Froissant, 28), which shook the power structure of the Habsburgs at the time. At the latest when she becomes his wife, she sees herself completely woven into a web of intrigues at the Viennese court.

Film trilogy from the 50s is still a classic today

As early as 1955, the Austrian historical epic “Sissi” was a hit Romy Schneider (1938-1982) starred an international audience. It is still one of the most successful German-language film productions ever. After the sequels “Sissi – the young empress” (1956) and “Sissi – fateful years of an empress” (1957), Schneider no longer wanted to play the role and only made three films. Even today, the strips – especially on public holidays or other occasions – run up and down on German television.

This does not seem to have escaped the makers of “The Empress”. Sisi actress Sevrim Lingnau praises the new interpretation above all for the fusion between historical and current topics: “I feel addressed by it as a spectator”, she said in an interview.

Netflix is not the only streaming service that has dedicated a series to the legendary Empress Elisabeth of Austria. The first season of the RTL+ series “Sisi” took viewers’ hearts by storm in December 2021 and made the most successful fictional restart of all time on the streaming service. The second season is scheduled to be broadcast on RTL+ at the end of 2022.


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