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Luchino Visconti (Count don Luchino Visconti di Modrone) was a film director, true, but he was also a nobleman and a grand patron of traditional European culture: opera, art, music, crafts and literature. These interests enliven many of his films, but few have been so inspired as the four-hour epic, Ludwig, about the castle-building "mad king" of Bavaria. This long film, made very near the end of Visconti's life, suffers greatly when shortened, as every moment is essential to the story. There are at least four different versions of the film (from just under three hours to over… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Visconti has been such an intelligent film maker in the past that it's difficult to believe that Ludwig could be quite as bereft of ideas as it is."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Ultimately hollow and historically inaccurate."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Perhaps only Visconti, who seems obsessed with the gloomy side of decadence, could have made Ludwig II of Bavaria seem boring."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Though stylish, it remains hollow."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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