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(Ludwig - Requiem fuer einen jungfraeulichen Koenig)

Reflected in an artificial and bombastically staged illusory world with Wagnerian compositions, glossy and satirical time references, 19th century German figures and traditions are stripped of their mythology and interpreted by the Germany of 1972.


Hans-Juergen Syberberg was born in 1935 in Pomerania/Eastern Germany. In 1947 he moved to Rostock where he came into contact with the theater, music and cinema in the form of Sovexport and DEFA. He also came into contact with Benno Besson of Brecht's Berlin Ensemble and through him was invited by Brecht to Berlin where he made his first film, in 8 mm. In 1955, he moved from East to West Germany, studying literature and art history in Munich. Between 1963 and 1965 he produced over eighty television programs and two music films about Fritz Kortner. In 1965 he became his own producer. Syberberg's works include, among others, Ludwig (1972), Karl May (1974), Winfried Wagner und die Geschichte des Hauses Wahnfried (1975), Hitler - A Film from German (Hitler - Ein Film aus Deutschland, 1977), Parsival (1982), Die Nacht (1985), Fraeulein Else (1987), Penthesilea (1987), Die Marquise von O. (1989), A Dream, What Else? (Ein Traum, was sonst, 1994), and Syberberg Films Brecht (1993).
Genre History
Category Feature
Year of Production 1972
Director Hans-Juergen Syberberg
Cinematography Dietrich Lohmann
Peter Przygodda
Cast Harry Baer, Ingrid Caven, Hanna Koehler, Ursula Straetz, Peter Kern
Production Company TMS Film/Munich
Length 140 min
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version French
Festivals German Film Awards 1972