Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cleveland International Film Festival: Ludwig II

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 The Cleveland International Film Festival happens every year in March and it brings hundreds of wonderful foreign films to downtown Cleveland and for about 10 days you can really immerse yourself in the world of film. I try to get to at least one each year, one year I actually saw five! This year the museum group I'm a member of, Cleveland Emerging Museum Professionals, was a sponsor for the film Ludwig II  which was a costume drama depicting the life of the king Ludwig II of Bavaria. 

Since we were the sponsors, one of the leaders of our group was supposed to make a little speech welcoming everyone to the film, but she couldn't find parking (it gets really crazy because the film festival is so popular!) so I actually had to do the welcoming speech in two different theaters!! Geez oh man I was nervous, I am the worst at public speaking, but I think they went okay, I really only had to talk for about 30 seconds but it felt like forever.

Ludiwg became king at age 18 after his father passed unexpectedly from illness and he really had no desire to be. He was much more interested in music, particularly Richard Wagner's operas, and refused to assist the Bavarian military with new weaponry and even refused for a long time to sign the orders which allowed them to go to war because he thought the music would make every army lay down their weapons. He built some beautiful castles and as he got older he succumbed to mental illness and had very strict orders for his staff and lived secluded in one of the castles. The movie was so great, I don't know a lot about German history so this was the first time I'd ever heard of this king so now I want to read more about him. There's also a few more movies about his life so I'll try to watch them too.

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