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LUDWIG: REQUIEM FOR A VIRGIN KING
LUDWIG: REQUIEM FOR A VIRGIN KING


 
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The first film in Han-Jurgen Syberberg's "German Trilogy" (followed by Karl May and Our Hitler) is a low budget, but nonetheless imaginative interpretation of the life of Ludwig II of Bavaria. Harry Baer portrays the so-called "mad king," who was the patron of Richard Wagner, the man who sold Bavaria to Prussia, and the builder of many a mythic castle in the Rhineland. Modernist to the core, Ludwig is both theater and film--a montage of sketches and tableaux with cabaret music, wild costumes, and even wilder characters. In German with optional English, Spanish, French or Portugese subtitles.

Hans Jurgen Syberberg---West Germany---1972---134 mins.