Berger worked for everyone from the high-brow likes of Joseph Losey and Vittorio De Sica to the tawdry likes of Umberto Lenzi and Jesus Franco. He finally ended his career in a valedictory capacity, as the screen’s regal gremlin king in the stupendous “Saint Lauren” by Bertrand Bonello and Albert Serra’s impish “Liberté.”
Here’s a celebration of “Ludwig,” a 1973 film directed by Luchino Visconti, the cinema’s great aristocratic aesthete. It’s his most soul-bearing love letter to the late Helmut Berger, and a look at what happens when you search heedlessly for the most splendid things in life and let everything else fall to ruin.
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