Written and directed by Marie Kreutzer and starring Finnegan Oldfield, Vicky Krieps, Jeanne Werner, Colin Morgan, and Florian Teichtmeister, the film (in English, German, and Hungarian with English subtitles) chronicles the colorful and tumultuous life of Empress Elisabeth of Austria.
“Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Vicky Krieps) is idolized for her beauty and renowned for inspiring fashion trends,” reads the studio synopsis. “But in 1877, ‘Sisi’ celebrates her 40th birthday and must fight to maintain her public image by lacing her corset tighter and tighter. While Elisabeth’s role has been reduced against her wishes to purely performative, her hunger for knowledge and zest for life makes her more and more restless in Vienna. She travels to England and Bavaria, visiting former lovers and old friends, seeking the excitement and purpose of her youth. With a future of strictly ceremonial duties laid out in front of her, Elisabeth rebels against the hyperbolized image of herself and comes up with a plan to protect her legacy.”
Corsage will be shown at the Rosendale Theatre in Rosendale from January 20 through January 25; see website for times. Tickets are $10 (members $6).