Cinema: Royal Rot

LUDWIG

Directed by LUCHINO VISCONTI Screenplay by LUCHINO VISCONTI, UGO SANTALUCIA and SUSO CECCHI D'AMICO

Ludwig runs for three hours, and the only interesting thing that happens during this deliberately enigmatic biography of the 19th century monarch, popularly known as The Mad King of Bavaria, is that his teeth slowly rot and fall out.

They are replaced by increasingly elaborate, architecturally fascinating examples of period bridgework. Since, however, one of the reasons the historical Ludwig failed to brush three times a day and see his dentist twice a year was that he was preoccupied with the construction of those huge, zany castles on which...

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