Corsage in the cinema: whims, love, suffering

Is there a better material for our liberated times? After all, it’s about an empress who promises sparkles. After a fantasy wedding, she becomes tragically trapped in the Golden Cage in the Vienna Hofburg. But she is a strong woman who gives her husband – the emperor – an ultimatum: freedom and children or I go!

A travel life full of adventures begins – tattoos included. In addition, there is an obsession with beauty and anorexia as well as the hunt for gossip in the press. Politically, she faces the prevention of her progressive ideas through traditionally and legally guaranteed male dominance and in the end there is still a tragic death in a chaotic assassination attempt.

‘Korsage’: Not a Feminist Ideological Film

At the request of actress Vicki Krebs, who had previously met Daniel Day-Lewis on an equal footing in “The Silk Thread”, the Austrian Marie Kreutzer accepted the Empress and named her film “Korsage” – as a symbol of the restriction of freedom – a loving woman. But – thank God – Kreutzer made neither a feminist ideological film nor a glorifying heroine movie.

From the start, there was a death wish in this movie about Elizabeth

Christmas in 1877 and the birthday of a lady who is no longer sweet and Sisi: “At the age of forty the body melts”, Elizabeth says curtly in a dark mood. After a bizarre breath-holding exercise in the bathtub, she steps on the scale, then teases the maid, who says she is “unable and too weak” to attach the corset to her 51cm waist.

She will do gymnastics, fencing (also with her husband), riding wild, and when a horse has to be shot after a fall, she will complain that she is not dead. Because from the beginning of this movie there was also a longing for death that this woman shares with her cousin Ludwig. “I forbid you from drowning in my lake,” he (Manuel Ruby) tells her during a nightly nude swim in Lake Starnberg, which is beautifully staged like a dance. And it’s not the only original joke in this movie.

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Korsage is a sexy psychological painter of a complex woman whom we admire and also support her side. We experience how the death of her first daughter at the age of two still has an impact, how she feels her children have turned away from her as an eccentric woman, how the male elite meets her with grandeur and elegance, and how impossibility this is. A romantic relationship that leads to bitterness, the experience of drug abuse, and female friendship as compensatory solutions.

Franz Joseph as a loving man, albeit with a small horizon

But Marie Kreuzer is too smart to make it easier for us. Instead, there is an sympathetic haze among viewers. And when sympathetic son Rudolph tells his mother it’s “impossible” because she gives in “to every whim and every whim” instead of considering the role, it also remains a justified indictment of a narcissistic, selfish and sometimes even a cruel, tyrannical woman.

On the other hand, Franz Joseph (Florian Techmeister) sees being emperor as a fulfillment of his duties and responsibilities. He is portrayed here as a loving, albeit self-aware and somewhat small-minded character.

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Cute and often funny references to the present

It is also interesting how Marie Kreutzer deals with historical accuracy: the language is kept modern, in the background the service man is unpacking a rug, the comedy predicts the birth of cinema for 20 years, the Stones song “As Tears Go By” is recorded on a harp and Elizabeth showed Briefly her middle finger “fuck”.

But there are no breaks here, but there are gentle and often funny references to the present, such as the music of the beautiful singer-songwriter of the French singer Camille.

Cinemas: ABC, City, Monopol, Maxim, Isabella, R: Marie Kreutzer (A, Lux, D, F, 112 min)

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