Ludwig der Zweite, König von Bayern. Schicksal eines unglücklichen Menschen

Deutschland 1929/1930 Spielfilm

Summary

Ludwig II of Bavaria

In the last years of his life, Bavarian king Ludwig II (1845 – 1886) devotes himself to ambitious architectural projects, which strain the state coffers to the extreme. The monarch, who is afraid of people, also withdraws more and more into a dream world at his various castles. His brother is already in a psychiatric institute and Ludwig is also eventually put under the care of psychiatrist Bernhard von Gudden. The king attempts to get out from under this guardianship at Starnberg lake… "If the upper echelons don’t like you, you must go …" Taking a down-to-earth point of view, this story of the "fairy tale king" depicts the descent of a broken character into mental breakdown. In Wilhelm Dieterle’s interpretation, fawning courtiers and officials, the heir apparent, and the medical profession all contributed to hastening the collapse. So the dispassionate film, which did not hide Ludwig's fascination with the naked male body, drew intense criticism from Bavaria. When Berlin's censorship board refused to intervene, Munich's police commissioner imposed a ban on showing it on the grounds that it was "a danger to the public order".

Source: 68. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

All Credits

Video/Audio:
stumm
Censorship/Age rating:

Prüfung: 12.03.1930;
Prüfung: 07.03.1930

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 10.03.1930, Berlin, Titania-Palast

Titles

  • weitere Schreibweise (AT) Ludwig II., König von Bayern
  • Arbeitstitel König Ludwig von Bayern
  • weiterer Titel Die Tragödie eines unglücklichen Menschen
  • Originaltitel (DE) Ludwig der Zweite, König von Bayern. Schicksal eines unglücklichen Menschen
  • Weiterer Titel (DE) Schicksal eines unglücklichen Menschen

Versions

Original

Video/Audio:
stumm
Censorship/Age rating:

Prüfung: 12.03.1930;
Prüfung: 07.03.1930

Screening:

Uraufführung (DE): 10.03.1930, Berlin, Titania-Palast

Formatfassung

Duration:
132 min
Format:
35mm
Video/Audio:
s/w
Screening:

Aufführung: 22.02.2018, Berlin, IFF - Retrospektive

Prüffassung

Duration:
10 Akte, 3929 m
Censorship/Age rating:

Zensur (DE): 08.01.1930, O.00008, Jugendverbot

Duration:
10 Akte, 3106 m
Censorship/Age rating:

Zensur (DE): 31.12.1929, B.24641, Jugendverbot;
Zensur (DE): 14.02.1930, B.25088, Jugendverbot

Duration:
10 Akte, 3106 m
Censorship/Age rating:

Zensur (DE): 15.03.1930, O.00247, Jugendverbot