Friday, September 2, 2016

Ludwig - Requiem for a Virgin King (1972)

Directed by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

A German king indulges in his personal desires taking little, if any, interest in affairs of the state. He sleeps during the day, keeps multiple lovers of both sexes and has an uneasy relationship with composers such as Richard Wagner. In the end, he becomes bored and rejects that lifestyle to sacrifice himself for the Fatherland, only to commit suicide. Long, episodic story is little more than a filmed play, with most of it taking place on a stage with elaborately painted backdrops. Fassbinder fans will recognize many actors from his usual company, and this feels very much like a Fassbinder work.

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