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Mad Emperor: Ludwig II

6.5
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Original title
Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs
Year
Running time
115 min.
Country
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Director
Screenwriter
George Hurdalek, Peter Berneis (Story: Kadidja Wedekind)
Music
Heinrich Sutermeister
Cinematography
Douglas Slocombe
Cast
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Producer
Aura / Bavaria Film
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept parliament's will to join Bismarck, rather he his cultured Habsburg friends, in wars. His love-life being as fruitless, he seeks comfort in art. But building fairytale castles and an even grander opera for his musical idol Wagner proves so expensive, his cabinet ends up resorting to formally challenging his mental health, plausible as his beloved brother Otto contracted schizophrenia earlier. Tragedy now lurks in Ludwig's prison-castle.
Awards
1954: German Film Awards: Best Actor (Fischer)
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