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Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (1972)

Ludwig - Requiem für einen jungfräulichen König (original title)
The story of the legendary King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), his opera interest and friendship with theatre personalities such as Richard Wagner and Joseph Kainz, and at the same time a reflection of the German 1800s.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Baer ... Ludwig II
Ingrid Caven ... Lola Montez / Erste Norne
Hanna Köhler Hanna Köhler ... Sissi / Zweite Norne
Ursula Strätz Ursula Strätz ... Mme Bulyowski / Dritte Norne
Monica Bleibtreu Monica Bleibtreu ... Elisabeth Ney
Liesel Haller Liesel Haller ... Anna Vogl
Ilona von Halem Ilona von Halem ... Maria von Hohenzollern
Gerhard Maerz Gerhard Maerz ... Richard Wagner #1 (as Gerhard März)
Anette Tirier Anette Tirier ... Richard Wagner #2
Peter Moland Peter Moland ... Minissterpräsident Lutz
Günther Kaufmann ... Graf Holnstein
Gert Haucke ... Baron Freyschlag
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Professor Gudden (as Rudolf W. Brem)
Rudi Scheibengraber Rudi Scheibengraber ... Prinzregent Luitpold
Daniel Schmid ... Aussenminister von der Pfordten
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The story of the legendary King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886), his opera interest and friendship with theatre personalities such as Richard Wagner and Joseph Kainz, and at the same time a reflection of the German 1800s.

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West Germany | Austria

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Release Date:

23 June 1972 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (inserts only) (tinted)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First part of Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's trilogy on German history, also including Karl May (1974) and Hitler: A Film from Germany (1977). See more »


Soundtracks

Excerpts from 'Das Rheingold'
Composed by Richard Wagner
Conducted by Herbert von Karajan
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Visual Metaphor -- A Good Thing?
1 August 2006 | by user-7316See all my reviews

This film is an allegorical presentation of the story of Ludwig II. That is, this film depicts the *myth* of Ludwig II. But don't expect the myth to amount to much in terms of a plot. Ludwig's life is told in a series of episodic tableaux, or loosely related visual metaphors (a technique which happens to be one of Syberberg's specialties). This is a good thing, contrary to what you might expect. The clever poetic quality of the film is what constitutes its enjoyment value. At times, however, the symbols are far too ambiguous or esoteric to actually represent anything. The pacing is also unbearably slow at points.

Although Syberberg is usually considered a member of the "Neues Deutsches Kino" movement, his style really has little in common with his contemporaries. You will not find the ungainly, haphazard, gratuitous incoherence typical of Wenders and Herzog. Nor will you find the dark cynicism of those two directors. I would argue that most of this film is genuinely funny, in a subtle and lighthearted way.

You should be aware that Syberberg is prone to the unfortunate Franco-German tendency of characterizing ideas as products of a particular race, and that he spends much time in the film attacking the "Anglo" idea of industrialism. That being said, he also takes swipes at Nazi figures (largely by associating them with the "Anglos"). The politics are at least strange enough to seem pleasingly exotic.


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