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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

Ludwig


The final segment of Visconti’s so-called German trilogy, alongside The Damned and Death in Venice, tells the story of Ludwig II Wittelsbach, the eccentric king of Bavaria (1864-1886). Played by Helmut Berger (privately Visconti’s partner), Ludwig is a man more concerned with patronage of the arts and philosophy than with the question of politics. In the four-hour film, Visconti portrays the increasing disillusionment of the Bavarian ruler, called by Paul Verlaine “the last true king”. Consisting of loosely linked sequences, the expressive, baroque, and visually stunning Ludwig seems emblematic of Visconti’s style, and the culmination of themes that appear in his work.

Robert Birkholc

Restored in 4K in 2022 by StudioCanal, La Cinémathèque française and Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with Compass Film and Ohonte Films, with funding provided by Chanel and CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée at L’Image Retrouvée laboratory, from the original camera negative.

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DATE

April 13, 2024

TIME

3:30 PM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic B

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 15, 2024

TIME

7:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Atlantic A

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

Ludwig

ORIGINAL TITLE

Ludwig

LANGUAGE

Italian, German, French

SUBTITLES

Polish, English

SECTION

DIRECTOR

DURATION

238 min

YEAR

1973

COUNTRY

Italy, France, FRG

SALES

Compass Film

TRIGGER WARNING

???

PRODUCER

Dieter Geissler, Ugo Santalucia, Robert Gordon Lewis

PRODUCTION

Mega Film, Cinétel, Divina Film, Dieter Geissler Filmproduktion, RAI

CAST

Helmut Berger, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Silvana Magnano, Helmut Griem

SCREENPLAY

Luchino Visconti, Enrico Medioli, Suso Cecchi d’Amico

CINEMATOGRAPHY

Armando Nannuzzi (colour)

EDITING

Ruggero Mastroianni

SCORE

Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, Jacques Offenbach

COSTUME DESIGN

Piero Tosi

ART DIRECTION

Mario Chiari

DECADE

AWARDS

David di Donatello awards for best film, best direction (Luchino Visconti) and best actor (Helmut Berger)

EDITION