Historical evocation of Ludwig2 , king of Bavaria, from his crowning in 1864 until his death in 1886, as a romantic hero. Fan of Richard Wagner, betrayed by him, in love with his cousin Elisabeth of Austria, abandonned by her, tormented by his homosexuality, he will little by little slip towards madness. film directed by Italian director Luchino Visconti in 1972 Helmut Berger stars as Ludwig, Romy Schneider reprises her role as Empress Elisabeth of Austria (from Sissi (1955) and its two sequels).
The film was made in Munich and other parts of Bavaria at these locations: Neuschwanstein Castle, Berg Castle, Castle Herrenchiemsee, Castle Hohenschwangau, Ettal and Linderhof Palace . Visconti suffered a stroke during filming.
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This particular DVD set is in Italian with English subtitles, with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The film is newly restored and re-mastered with over two hours of features, including a documentaries about Luchino Visconti, and Silvana Mangano, as well an interview by Carlo Lizzani of Piero Tosi.
- Actors: Romy Schneider, Silvana Mangano, Helmut Berger, Trevor Howard, John Moulder-Brown
- Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: Italian
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Studio: KOCH Lorber Films
- DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
- Run Time: 238 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001C0I626
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,838 in Movies & TV
After viewing the film Wagner with Richard Burton, I decided to learn a little more about King Ludwig II of Bavaria, and rented Ludwig at my local video store. This film is a masterpiece! Visconti's use of darkness and shadows added to the already tragic figure of the "mad king". Helmut Berger was absolutely amazing as Ludwig, the tormented, sad monarch who found himself more enchanted with the music of Wagner that with the role he played in history. He longed to be the The Swan King instead. Unfortunately the video appeared to have been filmed in English, then dubbed in Italian, then subtitled in English! I would love to hear the original version. This video is much too expensive to buy also. But, do rent it. Whatever happened to Helmut Berger?
Dolores Neese (San Francisco, USA)
Visconti has made a series of great artistic movies, and "ludwig' is one of them, along with 'leopard', 'death in venice', 'the damned', 'rocco and his brothers', among others. This is not a movie for everyone. However, if you are a serious movie buff, this is a must see. The cinematography and set decorations are amazing. And Helmut Berger gave a stunning performance. This underrated actor gave a series of excellent performances in the late 60s and early 70s, but no imformation was available about him. He has to be one of the most beautiful actors that ever graced the screen.
Yihong Yao (Baltimore, MD USA)
This is marvellous costume drama set in the later nineteenth century, based on the life of the eccentric and fanciful King Ludwig of Bavaria, and set in the splendid palaces and castles that he had constructed according to his whimsically romantic tastes. He is always in search of an ideal fulfillment and love that he cannot find in the world, from which he thus finds himself increasingly detached. His amorous tastes are clearly homoerotic, but he cannot even find what he is looking for in that way either, partly because he cannot find any potential lover whose Romantic sensibility and moody melancholy matches his own. He retreats into his fantasies, expressed through his subsidies of Richard Wagner, his elaborate building programs, and otherwise. And this personal story is juxtaposed with the political context of Prussian ambitions for a greater unified Germany that result in Bavaria's loss of independence. There is thus an atmosphere of foreboding, so that the story is an elegy for a vanished Europe, soon to be lost in the cataclysms of the First and Second World Wars. The effect is ultimately bittersweet and tragic--Ludwig is a man of great imagination, in some ways a poet, unsuited to be king, upon whom the world closes in and finally crushes. Visconti is a great director and this is a great film: not to everyone's tastes, but then what is. Stuff like Titanic is what sells. Visconti's directorial style is perhaps best described as full-blown operatic--very lush, magnificently staged, wonderful to watch just for that, and yet there's much more going on. This is one of the films I love.
ByMangham David Lehr (Columbia, MO USA)