New Ludwig II Movie

It’s a good day — there’s a new film coming out! In German!

Before you think I’m crazy, I should let you know why I’m so excited about a movie in a language I’ve studied, but am far from fluent in. It’s the topic: Mad King Ludwig. Ludwig II of Bavaria, subject of my latest book.

The new Ludwig movie, Ludwig II, premieres December 26, and from its trailer it looks stunning.

If you’re a fellow Ludwig afficionado, how many things do you recognize? Here’s a partial list from me:

  • Ludwig, sitting (as usual) alone in his royal box at the theater
  • Ludwig with his servants, who are dressed in the Louis XIV style he loved
  • Ludwig and ill-fated financee, Sophie (she shouldn’ta tried to kiss him …)
  • Ludwig approaching Herrenchiemsee, his Palace of Versailles replica — he looks like he’s channeling Liberace in that gold cape, though – not sure that’s accurate 🙂
  • A truly terrifying scene with guards breaking into Neuschwanstein shortly before his arrest.

By the way, the words shown are liebe (love), leidenschaft (passion), starke (power), wahnsinn (insanity), and genie (genius).

Ludwig II TambreaHere’s Sabin Tambrea as the young Ludwig.

Ludwig II Mad King LudwigHere’s the real thing. What do you think?

The new Ludwig II film was shot at Ludwig’s 3 castles, which should be stunning. I have watched the 1972 Ludwig II film by Visconti (in Italian, with English subtitles), and I enjoyed it. It’s filmed in original locations as well. I particularly loved seeing the mechanical moon Ludwig rigged up in one of his bedrooms.

I’m anxious to see the Mad King Ludwig II movie when it comes out on DVD — I doubt that a German film, even one about Ludwig, will be showing at US theaters. Will you see the DVD when it comes out?

One thought on “New Ludwig II Movie

  1. Hopefully someone will put it on youtube as I doubt the dvd will be too readily available. I wonder if it would get a showing at IU? Maybe you could email the German Dept and history Dept and ask them to screen it?

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