Empress Elisabeth of Austria joined the lengthy list of European monarchs portrayed in popular culture, including Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Victoria, Marie Antoinette, and Catherine the Great. The Empress (Die Kaiserin), a superb six-part Netflix series, tells the fascinating tale of a princess who rose to become the ruler of an empire that was just about to see a revolution in the 19th century.
Princess of Bavaria and Duchess Elisabeth (Devrim Lingnau), well known as Sisi, defies the prevailing regal traditions of her period. She wants to find her soulmate to be her lifelong companion and is an equestrienne. Emperor Franz Joseph (Philip Froissant) eventually favors her above her sister Helene. The young woman is thrust into the harsh world of the Viennese court where she must contend with her ambitious mother-in-law Archduchess Sophia and her cunning brother-in-law Maximillian (an equally brilliant Johannes Nussbaum).
All of Elisabeth’s well-intentioned actions fail because she is unprepared for anything. She even fails to be a royal breeding machine, which is the only responsibility she is required to fulfill. Her mother-in-law monitors her closely and frequently reminds her that she needs to leave an heir. Elisabeth makes a concerted effort to make the best of her new existence since, at first, she has the emperor’s backing. The family is of the opinion that keeping a safe distance from people is preferable, despite the fact that she wants to express empathy for others and act differently. When she loses the emperor’s backing, things escalate. At that very moment, public ire is also building, and protesters can be seen demonstrating outside the royal palace gates.
On the surface, “The Empress” appears to be a magnificent love story set against the volatile background of 19th-century Europe, namely Austria. If you dig a little further, you will discover court intrigues, plots, and a developing popular movement that will fascinate you. It is history without drama. The cherry on top is that we learn about the events of this crumbling kingdom from the perspective of a woman.
Lead actors Devrim Lingnau and Philip Froissant give a respectable performance, skillfully capturing the frailties of each of their roles. They appear to be in love despite only recently being married. When they quarrel and are miserable, you feel for them. The sequences between the two are delightful to witness since their chemistry is so hot. The Empress is a highly produced, somewhat longer than six-hour series. To put it mildly, it is breathtakingly beautiful. Who doesn’t enjoy seeing the magnificent clothing and the interiors of a palace (don’t forget the painted ceilings)? Katrin Gebbe and Florian Cossen, the film’s directors, like slow-burner and maintain a moderate rate of action. However, they make sure that the story’s intensity remains captivating throughout thanks to its several subplots.
The first season not only recounts the tale of a princess becoming a queen and a revolution that is only getting started, but it also whets our thirst for more. We already know that the empress was eventually killed, thus the narrative has only just begun. Therefore, learning about the circumstances that finally resulted in her terrible death would be intriguing. The OTT world’s people are left with no option but to wait for the release of “The Empress'” upcoming season.
Below is the trailer of The Empress:-