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A dramatic retelling of the life of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times. From his accession to the throne at the age of 18 to his passionate ... See full summary »


Marie Noëlle (as Marie Noelle), Peter Sehr


Marie Noëlle (as Marie Noelle), Peter Sehr
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabin Tambrea ... Ludwig II.
Sebastian Schipper ... Ludwig II. im Alter
Hannah Herzsprung ... Kaiserin Elisabeth von Österreich
Edgar Selge ... Richard Wagner
Friedrich Mücke ... Richard Hornig
Justus von Dohnányi ... Johann (Freiherr von) Lutz
Samuel Finzi ... Lakai Lorenz Mayr
Tom Schilling ... Prinz Otto
Paula Beer ... Sophie Herzogin in Bayern
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Prinz Luitpold
Peter Simonischek ... Ludwig Freiherr von der Pfordten
Gedeon Burkhard ... Graf Maximilian von Holnstein
Katharina Thalbach ... Königin Marie
Axel Milberg ... König Maximilian II.
August Schmölzer August Schmölzer ... Bernhard von Gudden


A dramatic retelling of the life of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times. From his accession to the throne at the age of 18 to his passionate support of Richard Wagner and his music. From his ingenuous political commitment to his obsessive construction of extravagant palaces and to his gradual withdrawal into a lonely dream world, an epic narrative of breathtaking grandeur. Written by Anonymous

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When the older Ludwig imagines that he's dining with Wagner and Louis XIV, it's Sabin Tambrea, who plays the younger Ludwig, in costume as Louis. See more »


At Ludwig's engagement ball the waltz "Frühlingsstimmen" by Johann Strauss is played. This waltz was written in 1883 while the engagement between Ludwig II and Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria was in 1867. See more »


Version of Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs (1955) See more »

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17 May 2016 | by ihatefrankieroSee all my reviews

This movie is amazing and I'm shocked that it only has a 5.9 on IMDb. Everyone I know who has seen this movie (mostly German friends... I'm American) including myself love this movie. It's a long film but I really enjoyed it and you can't exactly tell the story of a King's life in 90 minutes. All of the cast were excellent actors and really had you believing they were the characters they were portraying. The costumes were great and not overdone or cheesy like a lot of historical films make the mistake of doing. As for the story itself: I'm from the USA and raised in public schools all my life so it shouldn't be any surprise that I was never taught about Ludwig II. In fact, this film is the only reason I know his name. After watching the film I actually did some research on Ludwig and realized pretty much everything from the film was based on actual events and solid facts of Ludwig's life... a refreshing change from the typical more-fiction-than-fact "historical dramas" released in my country. I wish I could buy the film on DVD and hopefully someday that will be an option.

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French | German

Release Date:

26 December 2012 (Germany) See more »

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EUR16,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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