Ludwig (film)

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Not to be confused with Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King.
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Original film poster
Directed by Luchino Visconti
Produced by Dieter Geißler (de)
Ugo Santalucia
Written by Luchino Visconti
Enrico Medioli
Suso Cecchi d'Amico
Cinematography Armando Nannuzzi
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA)
Gloria Filmverleih AG (Germany)
Release date
18 January 1973
7 March 1973
United States:
8 March 1973
15 March 1973
Running time
184 min.
235 min. (European cut)
Country Italy
Language Italian

Ludwig is a 1973 film directed by Italian director Luchino Visconti about the life and death of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Helmut Berger stars as Ludwig, Romy Schneider reprises her role as Empress Elisabeth of Austria (from the 1955 film Sissi and its two sequels).

The film was made in Munich and other parts of Bavaria at these locations: Roseninsel, Berg Castle, Lake Starnberg, Castle Herrenchiemsee, Castle Hohenschwangau, Linderhof Palace, Cuvilliés Theatre, Nymphenburg Palace, Ettal, Kaiservilla and Neuschwanstein Castle. Visconti suffered a stroke during filming.


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