Ludwig | Chicago Reader


235 minutes 1972

“Butchered beyond recognition by MGM,” Don Druker prefaced his original Reader commentary, “Luchino Visconti's baroque film about the mad young king of Bavaria retains much of its interior splendor, but all traces of its epic dimensions and narrative coherence are lost.” This fully restored 235-minute version promises to be another matter. With Helmut Berger (as the mad king), Trevor Howard (as Richard Wagner), Silvana Mangano, Romy Schneider, and Helmut Griem. In Italian, German, and French with subtitles. 1972.

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