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Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

Ludwig – Requiem für einen jungfräulichen König (Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King)

Director Hans-Jürgen Syberberg Cast Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Hanna Köhler
Edition 2023
140' - 1972 - Historical, Drama, Biography - Dialogue: German, French, English
Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King sets the stage for a mesmerizing journey into the life and psyche of King Ludwig, blending ironic pathos and artistic aesthetics in a cinematic exploration of German history.
Hans-Jürgen Syberberg was one of the key figures of the Neue Deutsche Welle in the 1970s. Unlike Fassbinder, Herzog, and Wenders, who made 'realistic' films, Syberberg's approach is anti-naturalistic and anti-psychological. In a combination of theatrical tableaus, trick photography, and background projection, Syberberg discovered a cinematic blend ideal for his exploration of German history. In Ludwig he conjures the figure of the last king of Bavaria in 28 scenes. His stately film falls somewhere between an artificial history lesson and a detached opera. Ludwig, whose life was dedicated to the pursuit of beauty, built dream castles, financed Wagner's expensive operas, and steadily descended into madness, which Syberberg did not dramatise but stylised into a grotesque revue.
"The slow pace and ultra-mannered staging compel either fascination or outright rejection. Those fascinated are rewarded with constant surprises and delights, because it’s one of the most beautiful and defiantly original movies of the 70's." - Time Out Film Guide

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Hans-Jürgen Syberberg


Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Hanna Köhler


Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

Director of Photography

Dietrich Lohmann


Peter Przygodda


Hans-Jürgen Syberberg

Production studios

TMS Film GmbH


Deutsche Kinemathek

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German, French, English

Countries of production

Austria, West Germany




Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
Fritz Kortner spricht Monologe für eine Schallplatte (short, 1966), Fritz Kortner spricht Shylock (short, 1966), Die Grafen Pocci - einige Kapitel zur Geschichte einer Familie (1968), Scarabea - wieviel Erde braucht der Mensch? (1969), Auf der Suche nach einem Kuhstall (short, 1969), Sex-Business - Made in Pasing (1970), San Domingo (1970), Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (1972), Nach meinem letzten Umzug... (1972), Theodor Hierneis oder Wie man ehem. Hofkoch wird (1972), Karl May (1974), The Confessions of Winifred Wagner (1976), Hitler: A Film from Germany (1976), Parsifal (1982), Die Nacht (1985), Nietzsche Ecce Homo (2000)