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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Romy & Ludwig

Some lovely new photos of another of our perennial favourites Romy Schneider as Elizabeth of Austria in Visconti's 1973 opus LUDWIG. Romy had began playing Sissi in those German films of the 1950s, but returned to the role for Visconti, creating an older, more cynical Sissi who tries to help Ludwig of Bavaria - Helmut Berger is quite astonishing here too. and we also get Silvana Mangano and Trevor Howard as the Wagners, plus - as per with Visconti - a lot of handsome men. More on it at Visconti, Romy labels. 
SISSI, 1955

LUDWIG did not fare too well at the time, it hardly played in London but I saw it at the Film Festival - the dvd now has a good print and there is a lot to fascinate in it. 


  1. This time, a question. Is it worth seeing? I know you will say yes and I know I should but rather should I try to get it or just wait in the hope it will turn up on telly?

  2. It will never turn up on telly dear, its a major work by a major European director, a flawed epic - do film buffs like any other kind? - if you are interested in the director, the cast, the history, sumptuous film-making etc then its a must. the Dvd is crammed with extras too.