Directed by Luchino Visconti
legendary epic of (mad) King Ludwig of Bavaria. Visconti focuses on
Ludwig's fears and fantasies and his relationship with composer Richard
Wagner to create a portrait of a "homosexual recluse whose passions
are opera, fairy-tale castles, and exquisite young men. Nothing is more
sumptuous than Helmut Berger's performance in the lead, the brooding mad
scenes, the deliberately contrived hysterical outbursts" (Tony Rayns).
With Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard and Silvana Mangano. Italian with English subtitles. 231