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Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King

Karl May , Harry Baer , Hans-Jürgen Syberberg  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Karl May, Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Balthasar Thomass, Oskar von Schab
  • Directors: Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
  • Producers: Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King ( Ludwig - Requiem für einen jungfräulichen König ), Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King, Ludwig - Requiem für einen jungfräulichen König
  • Format: Import, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: FilmGalerie451
  • Run Time: 139.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002D32L2M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Germany released, NTSC/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: German ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Russian ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: This film is a difficult combination of symbolic tableaux and more ordinary documentary considerations about the life of Ludwig II of Bavaria, known as the 'Mad King' of Bavaria. For those unfamiliar with his story, Ludwig II, the last king of Bavaria, sold the kingdom to Germany for a huge sum of money, with which he built a number of fantastic, fairy-tale castles. He was one of Richard Wagner's main financial sponsors, was a notoriously unrequited homosexual, and many believe that he met his death through assassination. This is the first part of director Hans-Jurgen Syberberg's 'German' trilogy, followed by Karl May, and Hitler, A Film From Germany all of them highly surreal films, rich with brilliant imagery. ...Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King ( Ludwig - Requiem für einen jungfräulichen König )

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Unlike the only other three reviewers for this item, I decided I would actually review this film, instead of only complaining about the price of this DVD. I will grant that it is overpriced, but you can find it at a more affordable rate on the amazon marketplace, both used and new. Let's face it folks: we are EXTREMELY lucky that this film was even released on DVD at all! I don't see it becoming a bestseller any time soon. Otherwise you'd have to cross your fingers that some obscure art-house indie theater in a large city may show it a few times. The fact that we can actually access such a gem of a movie on our own terms is a huge boon to English-speaking Syberberg fans everywhere.

This movie is the first part of a trilogy, which is followed by "Karl May" (1974) and "Hitler - ein Film aus Deutschland" (1977).

Syberberg's "Ludwig - Requiem Fur einen jungfraulichen Konig" is a really great film! It's in two parts: the first part is about an hour and a half and the second part about an hour. The first part was really cool, but the second part was sort of a waste of time, in my opinion. One problem is that the movie will probably make little sense to somebody who does not know a lot about Ludwig II, Wagner, German politics of the 19th century, and the rise of National Socialism. Luckily, I know a good amount on those subjects, so the movie was very rewarding - lots of great references. What is really unique about this film is that it is not a traditional film on Ludwig II, but is more of an artistic/poetic exploration into the psyche of Ludwig, which ends up being more powerful then a traditional documentary. After watching it, I felt this romantic nostalgia for Ludwig and what he stood for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, but remarkable December 16, 2012
This one is difficult to review. It's the first of Hans-Jürgen Syberberg's so-called German trilogy--followed by Karl May (1974) and Hitler: A Film from Germany ( Hitler - ein Film aus Deutschland ) ( Our Hitler ) [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.0 Import - Germany ], collectively an extremely ambitious exploration of German history, culture, and thought in the troubled last half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th.

Usually, one can launch right into a discussion of the film itself--but not here. Syberberg's film is not quite like anything else you are likely to have seen, and one has to establish context. First, aesthetics: Syberberg is driven by two primary, and contradictory, influences: Wagner's concept of the Gesamkunstwerk, the total work of art, integrating image, word, and music into a single overpowering experience, by implication completely immersive; and Brecht's anti-naturalistic epic theater, one of the primary goals of which is constantly to remind the viewer that he is watching a play via a range of distancing techniques, such as breaking the fourth wall by directly addressing the audience. Without taking these two principles into account, Syberberg's style will appear almost incomprehensible.

This is not a conventional narrative film; it proceeds as a series of tableaux taken from the life of Ludwig II, last king of Bavaria, castle builder, patron of Richard Wagner, and romantic, finally deposed for alleged insanity and (most likely) assassinated.
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to this, but... April 15, 2009
Five stars assuming it's as good as "Our Hitler," but the price tag on this single disc is a little hefty. I'm surprised Kino wasn't able to nab this and keep it under at least $30. It's not that old a film and I can't imagine it needed a lot of restoration. If someone has an explanation or full story, please add it here--I'm all ears (and I'm well aware of the costs of restoration and "academic prices" on DVDs--my old University restored some old East German films and initially released them at $100+ prices, but not to the public). I doubt I'm the first potential customer to look at the price of this movie here and go Jeez!
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