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Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King

featuring

Harry Baer, Peter Kern, Ingrid Caven, Peter Moland,

Like Hans-Jürgen Syberberg’s later epic Our Hitler, Ludwig makes brilliant use of front-projection techniques to present a stylized series of chapters from the inner life of a leader—in this case, “mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845–1886)—whose philosophy and worldview embody a summation of Germanic culture and myth. A patron of Richard Wagner and onetime ally of the Austrian Empire before Bavaria was annexed by Prussia, Ludwig is presented here as a sort of tortured witness of future times, with culture changing into barbarism, the Bismarckian state into totalitarianism, and Wagner into the trivial music of the thirties.

FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Cinematographer
  • Dietrich Lohmann
Editor
  • Peter Przygodda
Language
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • 16mm
  • 140 mins
Source
  • BFI