Ludwig

Ludwig

Director: Luchino Visconti

Cast: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard

     
 

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Luchino Visconti (Count don Luchino Visconti di Modrone) was a film director, true, but he was also a nobleman and a grand patron of traditional European culture: opera, art, music, crafts and literature. These interests enliven many of his films, but few have been so inspired as the four-hour epic, Ludwig, about the castle-building "mad king" of Bavaria. This…  See more details below

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Luchino Visconti (Count don Luchino Visconti di Modrone) was a film director, true, but he was also a nobleman and a grand patron of traditional European culture: opera, art, music, crafts and literature. These interests enliven many of his films, but few have been so inspired as the four-hour epic, Ludwig, about the castle-building "mad king" of Bavaria. This long film, made very near the end of Visconti's life, suffers greatly when shortened, as every moment is essential to the story. There are at least four different versions of the film (from just under three hours to over four hours in length); the uncut four-hour version is the most coherent, even though many might find it rather long. The disintegration of aristocratic individuals is a continuing theme of Visconti's, though Ludwig's is the most thorough decay he filmed. The last ruling king of Bavaria (1845-1886) is noted for many things besides his eccentricities: he sold Bavaria to Germany, ending the rule of the Bavarian monarchy; he built amazing castles all over his country (with the proceeds from the sale); and he was Richard Wagner's main sponsor. He was also a notorious recluse, conducting a lifelong platonic love affair with Empress Elizabeth of Austria, and finally succumbing to his adoration of handsome men in a series of outrageous affairs and orgies. His excesses eventually led to his being declared mentally incompetent and being held prisoner in his own castle. The film depicts this incredible life from his coronation at age 19 to his (unproved) assassination well over 20 years later.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
UPC:
0741952308799
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Koch Lorber Films
Time:
3:57:00

Special Features

Luchino Visconti "Life as in a Romance" documentary; Silvana Mangano "The Scent of Primroses" documentary; Piero Tosi interview by Carlo Lizzani

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helmut Berger Ludwig II, King of Bavaria
Romy Schneider Elisabeth of Austria
Trevor Howard Richard Wagner
Silvana Mangano Cosima von Buelow
Gert Fröbe Father Hoffman
Helmut Griem Capt. Durcheim
Alexander Allerson Actor
Kurt Grosskurth Actor
Gerard Herter Actor
Carla Mancini Actor
Louise Vincent Actor
Manfred Furst Actor
Umberto Orsini Count Von Holstein
Mark Burns Hans von Buelow
Maurizio Bonuglia Mayor
Henning Schluter Actor
Ingrid Caven Lola Montez (uncredited)
Gernot Moehner Actor
Folker Bohnet Joseph Kainz
Heinz Moog Prof. Gudden
Marc Porel Richard Hornig
Nora Ricci Countess Ida Ferenczy
Isabella Telezynska Queen Mother
Adriana Asti Lila Von Buliowski
John Moulder-Brown Prince Otto
Sonia Petrova Sophie

Technical Credits
Luchino Visconti Director,Screenwriter
Mario Chiari Art Director
Suso Cecchi D'Amico Screenwriter
Alberto de Rossi Makeup
Robert Gordon Edwards Executive Producer
Enzo Eusepi Set Decoration/Design
Dieter Geissler Producer
Franco Mannino Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ruggero Mastroianni Editor
Enrico Medioli Screenwriter
Giuseppe Muratori Sound/Sound Designer
Armando Nannuzzi Cinematographer
Ugo Santalucia Producer
Mario Scisci Art Director
Piero Tosi Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucio Trentini Production Manager

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ludwig
1. Path to Salvation [3:34]
2. His Majesty [6:47]
3. Finding Wagner [2:43]
4. Mon Cousin [9:43]
5. Awful Profiteer [6:49]
6. Ocean of Harmonious Sounds [5:12]
7. Sophie [8:34]
8. Illusion of Love [14:04]
9. Antidote to Evil [10:30]
10. Mental Instability [7:10]
11. Defeated [11:33]
12. Marriage [7:21]
13. A Castle [11:50]
14. Jewels [:22]
Disc #2 -- Ludwig
1. Richard Horig [5:34]
2. Elsa? [4:58]
3. Sinful Imagination [4:53]
4. Baptism [15:59]
5. Christmas Gift [11:43]
6. Didier's Monologue [12:14]
7. Letters [9:09]
8. Isolation [9:55]
9. Count Dürckheim [5:53]
10. Paranoia [11:26]
11. Immortality of the Soul [8:30]
12. Raining Again [11:19]
13. Kingdom of Reason [2:15]
14. Disappeared [3:27]
15. Found [3:32]
16. End Credits [6:17]

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