Ludwig 1973
Luchino Visconti's film Ludwig is an example of a biopic done as an epic, a grand and opulent study of the life of the 19th-century "mad kind of Bavaria," Ludwig II.

The story behind Ludwig is a rather tragic one. A young man becomes king of Bavaria, providing him with the freedom to explore his love of art, music and young men in a decadent lifestyle that ultimately leads to his downfall.

The director was able to withstand the urge to convey Ludwig as a simple crazy regent, and instead delve deep within the mystique and draw out the complex historical character. He is never portrayed in the film as being crazy, but overly passionate regarding architecture and music.

2 x BD50 | 1080p AVC | 238 min | 87.4 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Italian
Subtitles: English
Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Director: Luchino Visconti
Cast: Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Mangano, John Moulder-Brown, Gert Frobe
Country: Italy, France, West Germany



** Theatrical Version Part 1 (126:24)
** TV Version:
--- Part 1 (47:45)
--- Part 2 (55:29)
--- Part 3 (47:58)
• Helmut Berger: The Mad King (1080p; 16:05) is a 2016 interview with Helmut Berger.
• Luchino Visconti (1080i; 1:00:35) is a very informative biographical documentary on the director by Carlo Lizzani.
• English Soundtrack Extracts (1:28, 00:20).
• Theatrical Trailer (1080p; 3:49).


** Theatrical Version Part 2 (111:53)
** TV Version:
--- Part 4 (47:58)
--- Part 5 (53:35)
• Producing Ludwig (1080p; 14:21) is a 2016 interview with Dieter Geissler.
• Speaking with Suso Cecchi d'Amico (1080i; 48:12) is an older archival piece with the screenwriter.
• Silvana Mangano: The Scent of a Primrose (1080i; 31:12) is another archival piece about the actress.

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