"Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King"
Directed by Hans Jurgen Syberberg
The first film in Han-Jurgen Syberberg's "German
Trilogy" (followed by Karl May and Our Hitler) is this low
budget, but nonetheless imaginative interpretation of the life of Ludwig II
of Bavaria. Harry Baer portrays the so-called "mad king," who was the patron
of Richard Wagner, the man who sold Bavaria to Prussia, and the builder of
many a mythic castle in the Rhineland. Modernist to the core, Ludwig
is both theater and film--a montage of sketches and tableaux with cabaret
music, wild costumes, and even wilder characters. In German with optional
English, Spanish, French, Portugese, or Greek subtitles. 134 minutes.