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235 min | USA:186 min (original release) | West Germany:144 min (original release) | Italy:185 min (original release) | Australia:133 min (Press Sheet)
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Luchino Visconti
Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 4 nominations
Country: Italy
Release Date: 1973-03-08
Filming Locations: Bavaria, Germany
Gross: ITL 318,800,000 (Italy) ( 1981)
Helmut Berger
King Ludwig II of Bavaria
Trevor Howard
Richard Wagner
Silvana Mangano
Cosima Von Buelow
Gert Fröbe
Father Hoffmann
Helmut Griem
Count Duerckheim
Izabella Telezynska
Queen Mother
Umberto Orsini
Count Von Holstein
John Moulder-Brown
Prince Otto
Sonia Petrovna
Folker Bohnet
Joseph Kainz
Heinz Moog
Professor Gudden
Adriana Asti
Lila Von Buliowski
Marc Porel
Richard Hornig
Nora Ricci
Countess Ida Ferenczy
Mark Burns
Hans Von Buelow
Maurizio Bonuglia
Romy Schneider
Empress Elisabeth of Austria
Alexander Allerson
Secretary of State
Bert Bloch
Manfred Fürst
Kurt Großkurth
Minister of Finance (as Kurt Großkurt)
Anne-Marie Hanschke
Princess Ludovika, Elisabeth's Mother
Gérard Herter
Prince Luitpold
Ian Linhart
Maximilian (as Jan Linhart)
Carla Mancini
Gernot Möhner
Clara Moustawcesky
Alain Naya
Alessandro Perrella
Karl-Heinz Peters
Wolfram Schaerf
Henning Schlüter
Minister Fistermeister (as Henning Schluter)
Helmut Stern
Eva Axén
Maria (as Eva Tavazzi)
Louise Vincent
Gunnar Warner
Karl-Heinz Windhorst
Raika Juri
(as Rayka Yurit)
Angelo Casadei
Priest (uncredited)
Domenico Ravenna
Ambassador (uncredited)
Berno von Cramm
Torring (uncredited)
Friedrich von Ledebur
Hofmarschall (uncredited)
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After playing Elisabeth of Austria in the Sissi trilogy in the fifties, Romy Schneider made clear she didn't want to have anything to do with the Austrian empress anymore, claiming the character ruined her career as an actress because everyone subsequently wanted to see her in romantic roles. She only agreed to appear in Ludwig (1972) as a favor to Luchino Visconti who was a very good friend of hers.
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Final part of Luchino Visconti's German Trilogy also including The Damned (1969) and Death in Venice (1971).
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Romy Schneider only agreed to reprise the trademark role of her youth as Empress Elisabeth of Austria if the role would avoid all the usual clichés associated with the character and she would be allowed to portray Elisabeth as the cynical and disillusioned woman Elisabeth was known to be historically, though she did concede to put famous diamond decorations in her hair for one short scene.
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