Hans Jürgen Syberberg
GER 1972, 139 min
Rather depicting the life of the Bavarian king, LUDWIG – REQUIEM FOR A VIRGIN KING dives into the images of his dreams – which he mistook for reality.
LUDWIG – REQUIEM FOR A VIRGIN KING is the first part of Hans Jürgen Syberberg’s German Trilogy. Syberberg continued the trilogy in 1974 with KARL MAY and concluded it in 1977 with HITLER, A FILM FROM GERMANY (1977).
FR/GER 1982, 244 min
Syberberg’s celebrated version of PARSIFAL was made on the one hundredth anniversary of the opera's first performance at Bayreuth in 1882 and is staged around the looming presence of a huge replica of Wagner’s death mask.
GER 1974, 187 min
GER/FR/GB 1977, 442 min
Not porno, not underground film, not a good entertainment film, not documentary, not social criticism nor Hollywood boulevard film or horror show: rather a journey into the midst of night, a hell ride to paradise lost, into our inner self. The mystery play of a historical dance of death in the black studio of our phantasy, the ascetic “Trauerarbeit” (toils of mourning) on the end of an epoch, millions of dead. In old times one would have called it an epos, a poem, requiem, oratorio; an attempt to find a new German identity through film.