For a better experience on MUBI, update your browser.
14 Ratings

Ludwig II

Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs

Directed by Helmut Käutner
West Germany, 1955
Drama, Biography


Käutner’s Ludwig II is a dazzling meditation on myth and history as a requiem for German culture, and one of the most striking examples of his virtues being overshadowed by prejudices.

This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what’s now showing
Ludwig II Directed by Helmut Käutner

Awards & Festivals

German Film Awards

1955 | Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Silver)

1955 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Gold)

What are people saying?

  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Ludwig II

    A few alarmingly Ed Wood-ish effects keep this handsome and involving film (one of the many about the "mad" king of Bavaria) from greatness. These sequences - clouds as cotton balls ("Look, Sissi, at the clouds above!"), a horse race through the forest with awful back projection and obvious wooden dummy horses - are so inept that they really came close to ruining it for me. But there's a lot to like here.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Ludwig II

    Une réalisation fort académique, filmée avec le procédé technicolor, souvent lourde et majestueuse (comme il se doit) qui fait bien sûr l'impasse sur l'homosexualité refoulée de Louis II de Bavière et nous permet de croiser un autre grand "allumé" (du 7e art) l'irremplaçable et fulgurant Klaus Kinski dans le rôle du prince Otto von Bayern, frère tout aussi imposant et fêlé du grand monarque...

Related films