MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 34,998 this week

Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955)

 -  Biography | Drama | History  -  1959 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 191 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 2 critic

King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept parliament's will to join Bismarck, rather he his cultured Habsburg friends, in wars. His love-life being as fruitless, he seeks ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (adaptation), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 34 titles
created 19 Aug 2012
 
a list of 65 titles
created 09 Sep 2013
 
a list of 143 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 100 titles
created 2 weeks ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955)

Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After a stagecoach is robbed and the passengers murdered, a long and tangled series of surprise attacks a murderous double-crosses leaves the coach's strongbox in the hands of the killer ... See full summary »

Director: Gianfranco Parolini
Stars: Gianni Garko, Klaus Kinski, Fernando Sancho
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a wealthy man dies, his avaricious relatives look forward to inheriting all his money. However, he leaves a provision in his will that they all must spend a week together in his castle... See full summary »

Director: Alfred Vohrer
Stars: Heinz Drache, Corny Collins, Klaus Kinski
Paganini (1989)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Klaus Kinski believed that he lived through the same experiences as the legendary "devil violinist" Niccolò Paganini, who set all of nineteenth-century Europe into a frenzy and through ... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Kinski
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Debora Caprioglio, Nikolai Kinski
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As the US Army approaches Nazi Germany, they recruit German prisoners to spy behind German lines.

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Richard Basehart, Gary Merrill, Oskar Werner
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  
Director: Eduard von Borsody
Stars: Elisabeth Müller, Hans Söhnker, Hannelore Schroth
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The Creepiest, Crawliest and Deadliest Film Ever Produced!

Director: Franz Josef Gottlieb
Stars: O.W. Fischer, Karin Dor, Klaus Kinski
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Rival gangsters from Chicago move to London and attempt to extort money from rich Britons.

Director: Helmut Ashley
Stars: Christopher Lee, Adrian Hoven, Marisa Mell
The Bastard (1968)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jason and Adam are brothers who specialize in jewel heists. Jason is betrayed by Adam, who steals his girlfriend, and has him beaten and left for dead. A female doctor nurses him back to health, and he sets about planning his revenge.

Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Rita Hayworth, Giuliano Gemma, Klaus Kinski
The Threat (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Vicious hood 'Red' Kluger escapes from Folsom Prison and carries through on his threats to the detective who arrested him and the D.A. who got him convicted.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Michael O'Shea, Virginia Grey, Charles McGraw
Die Mondvögel (TV Movie 1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Director: Peter Zadek
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Stanislav Ledinek, Konstantin Paloff
Hanussen (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In Germany during World War II, a well-known psychic decides to collaborate with the Nazis.

Directors: O.W. Fischer, Georg Marischka
Stars: O.W. Fischer, Liselotte Pulver, Erni Mangold
Morituri (1948)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Eugen York
Stars: Lotte Koch, Hilde Körber, Winnie Markus
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Prinzessin Sophie
Paul Bildt ...
Friedrich Domin ...
Rolf Kutschera ...
Herbert Hübner ...
Robert Meyn ...
Professor Dr. Gudden
Rudolf Fernau ...
Willy Rösner ...
Minister von Lutz
...
Fritz Odemar ...
General von der Tann
Erik Frey ...
Albert Johannes ...
Fürst Hohenfels
Erica Balqué ...
Cosima von Bülow
Walter Regelsberger ...
Graf Dürckheim
Edit

Storyline

King Ludwig II of Bavaria is frustrated, having to accept parliament's will to join Bismarck, rather he his cultured Habsburg friends, in wars. His love-life being as fruitless, he seeks comfort in art. But building fairytale castles and an even grander opera for his musical idol Wagner proves so expensive, his cabinet ends up resorting to formally challenging his mental health, plausible as his beloved brother Otto contracted schizophrenia earlier. Tragedy now lurks in Ludwig's prison-castle. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ludwig II  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ludwig,Wagner and Sissy.
25 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

Helmut Kautner's biopic of the famous king was dwarfed by Visconti's four-hour mammoth magnum opus (1972).It did not deserve to fall into oblivion though.Of course people will complain because the writers passed over in silence the fact that this king was gay.In 1954,what else could they do? When they filmed Tchekovsky's life,they did the same.

Some people will say that Helmut Kautner took the easy way out : he made Ludwig's so called impossible love for Sissi the reason why he did not marry.Visconti's Elizabeth was not fooled when she ironically asked her cousin:"you want me to be your impossible love?" And however,I like this film: there are beautiful romantic scenes between OW Fisher and Ruth Leuwerick: "look at those clouds up above,they seem very near from each other but they are actually faraway"or "down there ,it's eternity" .The pacifist side of the king is highlighted,which made him a man ahead of his time ;what could such a man do in the company of such wolves as Bismarck and the other politicians of the era.Klaus Kinski -nowadays the most famous actor of the movie- appears as Otto and he makes each of his three scenes count: particularly impressive is that scene when he feels the first effects of the madness: Visconti's Otto is rather bland by comparison.

But the reason why you should give this movie a chance is its cinematography:the colors are splendid indeed ,sometimes luminous when Sissy urges Ludgwig to remain pure ,sometimes dark under an ominous sky when the king's megalomania knows no bound anymore.Dig that scene where the king and Sissy's sister Sophie are all alone in an opera theater and the girls breaks down crying "I cannot stand that anymore".Wagner's music enhances all the film and Visconti's and Kautner's treatments are not that much different as far as the musician is concerned.

At about the same Time,Ernst Marischka began his Sissy saga.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
deprived reznors_girl

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?