When I looked at the slipcase for this DVD I couldn’t believe the length (approx. 6 hrs!). However, it was such an easy film to watch (I really didn’t notice the length at all!). The Italian sounded so wonderful & it was so…so of another (film making) time. I would have liked it if there had beenÂ more shooting in Munich. But then he (Ludwig) disliked the city & spent most of his time in his ‘castles’. I visited the two that were mainly featured…Linderhoff and Neuschwanstein. The latter is a m a z i n g ! The interior decor is a complete homage to scenes from Tristan and The Ring. I don’t think Wagner came across very well in the film. Just the opportunist he probably was…all for the sake of his art!!
I thought the guy who played Ludwig was very good. Tony K. proffered the following info. about him: apparently he had no previous acting experience and was working as a waiter or something where Visconti was film-shooting. Apparently Visconti picked him up (in more than the usual way) and got him for ‘Ludwig’. Pretty amazing really. The goodlooking girl that played Empress Elizabeth was very good too I thought.