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SUBJECTS

Bavaria (Germany) -- History -- Ludwig II, 1864-1886 -- Drama, Homosexuality -- Drama, Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, 1845-1886 -- Drama, Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 -- Drama

Ludwig

(Le crépuscule des dieux)

Imported 35mm Print

featuring

Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano,

In the life of Ludwig II, the “mad king” of Bavaria, Visconti found a fit subject for his own transcendent sense of spectacle. Ludwig was a tragic figure who made an art out of life itself: born into extreme wealth, he chose to pursue happiness in the realm of the sublime—in art and matters of the heart—but he never achieved anything close to happiness. Nor did his soul “fly free” of his body. He built magnificent fairytale castles in the Bavarian sky and patronized a series of artists, including Richard Wagner, who used him cynically. Increasingly disillusioned, the “Swan King” grew dissolute, sealing his doom. Visconti places Ludwig, portrayed by Helmut Berger, in context, seducing us with opulent visuals, holding us at bay with the passion play that was Ludwig’s life. Romy Schneider is a figure of compassion amid scoundrels as Ludwig’s cousin, the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, and Trevor Howard lends his own dark passion to his portrayal of Richard Wagner.

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Luchino Visconti
  • Enrico Medioli
  • Suso Cecchi D'Amico
Cinematographer
  • Armando Nannuzzi
Language
  • Italian
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 238 mins
Source
  • Luce Cinecittà
Permission
  • American Genre Film Archive
CINEFILES

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Luchino Visconti: maestro of the movies (program note), Brooklyn Museum, 1992

[Ludwig] (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 1988

U.S. premiere of Visconti's epic Ludwig to be held at the Museum of Modern Art November 3 (press release), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1983

Revival of 'Ludwig II' paces Paris' Garick Films (article), Variety, Lenny Borger, 1983

[Ludwig] (review), The Listener, 1978

Ludwig (review), Films In Review, C.P.R., 1973

[Ludwig] (article), 1973

[Ludwig] (review), 1973

Ludwig (review), Variety, A. D. Murphy, 1973

Luchino Visconti: the films (1936-76) (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

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