Director: Luchino Visconti
Country: Italy, France, West Germany

1973 | 238 min. | Italian
Subtitles: English, German

Cast_ Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano, Gert Fröbe Screenplay_ Luchino Visconti, Enrico Medioli, Suso Cecchi D'Amico Camera_ Armando Nannuzzi Producer_ Ugo Santalucia Rights_ Fernsehjuwelen GmbH

The rise and fall of King Ludwig II, directed by the great Italian master as an opulent costume drama. The uncut version is shown in its brand-new restoration.

The year 1864, Ludwig II (Helmut Berger) is crowned King of Bavaria at the age of 18. Barely on the throne, he starts taking less and less interest in his duties as sovereign. He would much rather devote himself to art and music. His days are spent daydreaming. This behavior, however, is met with universal disapproval. The only person to show understanding is his cousin Sissi (Romy Schneider), whom the young monarch recognizes as a kindred spirit.

The life of the Bavarian king has been filmed numerous times, but Luchino Visconti’s version is the most beautiful. The famous Italian costume designer Piero Tosi received an Oscar nomination for his work. 


Luchino Visconti (1906-1976) was a director of film, theater and opera. He ranks among the most important European filmmakers of the 20th century and is regarded as one of the founders of Italian Neorealism. European history in all its beauty and decadence is at the heart of his work.


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