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Ludwig Reviews

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½ September 11, 2015
good long exhaustive bio-pic
½ March 3, 2014
Grandiose it may seems, there is not much to take away apart from the authentic depiction of King Ludwig's tragic life.
½ May 26, 2013
An interesting story of a decadent mad king who was actually a liberace gay romantic romantic eccentric. Great acting and beautiful sets and costumes etc. But almost four hours is a bit too much and I was bored every now and then.
February 10, 2013
Long, opulent, rather strange.
October 28, 2012
Great story and great direction! fascinating...
August 12, 2012
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Super Reviewer
September 23, 2011
Absolutely masterful. Visconti's passion towards the aristocracy and nobility of the 19th Century reaches its highest peak in a biographical epic plagued by castles and palaces, royal costumes, golden scenarios, rituals and ceremonies, literary references, art, theater, and even touches of lust and madness! What a sublime composition for the least appreciated decade of Italian cinema! Destinies colliding, ambitions exploding and meeting their doom, and Luchino behind this opera of sensations. Add to that one of the best male performances of the 70s, especially visibile in the 5th and final part (although I must point out the existentialist and macabre tone that fills the fourth part, which is my favorite).

July 6, 2011
Cinema is my neverending continuing education course.
July 22, 2010
Great story and great direction! fascinating...
½ June 23, 2010
decadence! moustaches! rotten teeth! all-male lederhosen parties! long live visconti and his 3.5h long melodramas. i love the fact that in the last hour there is almost no dialogue, the story is told by the beautiful photography. and i was glad he included one of those sequences where everything seems like a ballet, like the first scene in 'the leopard': the scene where ludwig gets arrested is simply amazing.
Super Reviewer
½ February 19, 2010
We Could be Heroes?Grand, Operatic, and Elegiac! Visconti is at his best enlivening the historical, with his attention to every detail. Shot on location, the narrative structure wonderfully paces the rule of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Helmut Berger infuses his portrayal with ambiguity, further heightened by nascent homosexuality: Is he mad or a genius? This idealistic Moon King is not a ruler for a united German republic. Associations with the feminine and embryonic state abound. With twitching hands and shifting eyes, Ludwig??s mannerisms alone chart his retreat to a world of fantasy. This film must be seen in its complete, unexpurgated version to appreciate the artistry. Truly Royal!
September 12, 2009
la vita e' pazzia o normalita' ? senza Helmut Berger non sarebbe lo stesso , solo un gran bel film stilisticamente perfetto di un grande regista. Interpretazione allucinante
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2009
Even before he is crowned King of Bavaria in 1864, Ludwig(Helmut Berger) makes plans for his kingdom to be a center of arts in Europe. Along these lines, he invites famed composer Richard Wagner(Trevor Howard) to Munich but he is nowhere to be found. And he is shocked when he finds out that his police are employed in tracking him. In the meantime, Ludwig is encouraged to vacation at Bad Ischl where all the fashionable crown heads are staying this year including his cousin Elisabeth(Romy Schneider), Empress of Austria, who has the ulterior motice of trying to set up Ludwig with his cousin Sophie(Sonia Petrovna).

Directed by Luchino Visconti, "Ludwig" is a scrupulously made if talky and overlong spectacle that tries its best to avoid any specific history like the unification of Germany in exchange for an examination of the role of the ruler in a monarchy. In other words, who runs the country: the king or the nobles? And what if the king has little interest in statesmanship?

The movie is told in flashback from a hearing set to determine Ludwig's mental capacity to rule, determining whether he is insane or merely eccentric.(This does remind me of a very recent case where the royal title was only honorary.) I could tell you he is certainly gay. In any case, there is a simple answer located in an old saying: If you are poor, then you are crazy. If you are rich, then you are eccentric.
Super Reviewer
March 17, 2009
What more can you ask when you have an all-star cast of Berger,Mangano,Howard,Schneider,a cohesive prestige of "wealthy pendants" and a brilliant piece of biographical composition.A legendary figure to dedicate this probably,aha...who cares if that individual is a combination of Napoleon,T.E. Lawrence and Caligula?
February 3, 2009
Used, confused, disturbed: poor Ludwig comes across here as quite sympathetic. But not so as to prevent or discourage us from welcoming/cheering the end of monarchy/aristocracy. On the contrary, we see/feel the limits (to be overcome) of all the ruling powers/authorities of the age. And therein lies (at least an aspect of) Visconti's brilliance/excellence.
January 18, 2009
It's pretty but its length is really inexcusably long.
½ November 24, 2008
i definetely prefer visconti's lavish later period films to his neo-realist early period though unfortunately, his films are usually dull. this one has an intruiging first half and then slows down throughout the second, when things are supposed to get interesting. however, the extraordinary sets and costumes make it a wortwhile rental
September 27, 2008
a stylish historic movie, a master piece of the esthete director Luchino visconti
½ August 22, 2008
Numbing. Visconti's worst film.
½ August 12, 2008
The most underrated masterpiece ever.
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