Undoubtedly, the story staged by E. W. Emo in The Fairy Doll is nothing particularly original. It could even be stated that the feature film has acquired particular historical importance today precisely because it is one of the films in which Romy Schneider’s parents took part when they were young. Yet, despite everything, we must recognise a certain grace and elegance in the staging of the tender love story between the two young protagonists.
When we think of Magda Schneider, we cannot help but think of her as Romy Schneider’s mother. And yet, despite her mother’s strong and authoritarian character and despite her not always easy relationship with her, we do not know whether, without her, Romy Schneider would have become the Romy Schneider we all appreciated and loved. But who was, in fact, Magda Schneider?
Third chapter of the successful saga directed by Ernst Marischka, Sissi – Fateful Years of an Empress has an even weaker personality than the unconvincing Sissi, the Young Empress. Following step by step the structure of the previous works, the film almost seems to us like a transitional film, especially if we think about the fact that it was supposed to be followed by a fourth feature film of the saga – to whose production Romy Schneider herself was strongly opposed.