Ludwig

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Special Features

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

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • UPC: 741952308799
  • Original Release: 1973
  • Rating:

  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Colorized
  • Time: 3:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,174

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
Adriana Asti Lila Von Buliowski
Folker Bohnet Joseph Kainz
Maurizio Bonuglia Mayor
Mark Burns Hans von Buelow
Ingrid Caven Lola Montez (uncredited)
Manfred Furst
Kurt Grosskurth
Gerard Herter
Carla Mancini
Gernot Moehner
Heinz Moog Prof. Gudden
John Moulder-Brown Prince Otto
Umberto Orsini Count Von Holstein
Sonia Petrova Sophie
Marc Porel Richard Hornig
Nora Ricci Countess Ida Ferenczy
Henning Schluter
Isabella Telezynska Queen Mother
Louise Vincent
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
Jacques Offenbach Score Composer
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ludwig
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
   Extras
      Silvana Mangano "The Scent of Primroses" Documentary
      Piero Tosi Interview By Carlo Lizzani
Disc #2 -- Ludwig
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
   Extras
      Luchino Visconti "Life as In a Romance" Documentary
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