Director Luchino Visconti (The Leopard, Death in Venice) brings his famed majestic style to this lavish and operatic portrait of Ludwig II, the 19th century ‘mad king’ of Bavaria. Tormented by his unrequited love for his cousin, Empress Elisabeth of Austria, and his obsession with the music of Wagner, Ludwig retreats into a fantasy world building fairytale castles and neglecting his kingdom. With war raging around him, the fanatical Ludwig loses his already-fragile grip on his sanity in this masterpiece from one of Italy’s most enigmatic filmmakers.
Length: 238 min
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