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still from Ludwig (Luchino Visconti, IT/FR/DE 1972)

Ludwig

Ludwig

Luchino Visconti / IT, FR, DE, 1972 / 238 min.

Visconti unpicks the emotional life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (Helmut Berger). Ludwig is grappling with his sexual identity, loses himself in Richard Wagner’s dream world and has saccharine, Baroque castles built so he can find solace in beauty. Ludwig inspired Ivo van Hove to create a play.

poster Ludwig (Luchino Visconti, IT/FR/DE 1972)
Ivo van Hove made four stage adaptations of Visconti’s film script. The social themes are what attracts him to this piece: the ‘world of big ideas and themes’. Ludwig II is about an eccentric king who puts art at the heart of his politics, with disastrous results.

Details

Director

Luchino Visconti

Production year

1972

Country

IT, FR, DE

Original title

Ludwig

Length

238 min.

Language

Italian, German, French

Subtitles

NLD

Format

35mm

Part of

All About Theatre About Film

Film and theatre influence each other continuously. To celebrate that relationship between the two worlds, Eye has invited stage director Ivo van Hove and scenographer Jan Versweyveld to compile an exhibition.

Learn more
All About Theatre About Film: Antonioni Project (after Michelangelo Antonioni) (2009) © Jan Versweyveld
still from Ludwig (Luchino Visconti, IT/FR/DE 1972)
still from Ludwig (Luchino Visconti, IT/FR/DE 1972)

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