So I’ve noticed it’s been quite German around here lately, and you know what, I’m just going to run with it. I am very favourably disposed towards my adoptive home now that it’s finally made with the summer. Nine months of winter, a near total absence of cheddar and the most perversely difficult language this side of the Basque country – all of it is forgiven after one swim in the Liepnitzsee.
Speaking of German lakes…(Doctor Smooth Segue is on duty), we saw last month that there is a new film about Bavarian king and noted drowner Ludwig II due out later this year, crowning a century of Ludovican cinema. A teaser trailer has been released, which frankly raises more questions than it answers. While at first (quick) glance it seems at least free of the bloodless box-ticking that characterises many a German historical recreation, it also seems curiously wide of the mark. If you didn’t know the fairy tale king was a fairy you’d never know from this short outing (as it were). Maybe the filmmakers are worried that regal man-on-man action won’t help the film play in whatever the German equivalent of Peoria is.
Anyway, have a look at the trailer here (sorry, I can’t embed it). There’s no dialogue except for Ludwig’s utterance at the end, a variation on his stated wish to remain “ein ewig Rätsel” (“an eternal mystery”).
Update: embedded video below: