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Ludwig II is a 2012 German biographical movie directed by Peter Sehr about Ludwig II, Swan King of Bavaria. Ludwig II dreams of a better world at a young age. The highly gifted soul of the artist believes in the refinement of people through art and music. He wants to substitute musical instruction for the people in the place of military service and uses his power and the money of the state to implement his high ideals of education and culture. But the world around him keeps turning normally and the kingdom is threatened from the outside by wars with Prussia and France. In domestic politics, the ministers ally against the king and his plans. Even in love, Ludwig fails, because the relationship with his fiancée Sophie does not go beyond friendship. Deeply distraught, he withdraws from the political public and flees from the bitter reality, until he dies under unexplained circumstances.
Another movie directed by Luchino Visconti starring Helmut Berger and Romy Schneider with an almost identical plot was released in 1973.
The following weapons were used in the film Ludwig II:
Lefaucheux Model 1858
Richard Hornig (Friedrich Mücke) can briefly be seen with a Lefaucheux Model 1858 revolver after Bavaria's defeat during the Austro-Prussian War in 1866.
Bavarian soldiers are seen with Austrian Lorenz Jäger-Dornbüchsen M1854/58 carbines. The appearance of the Lorenz carbines is accurate since the Kingdom of Bavaria was surplied by the Austran Empire who had good relations at that time. Another correct choice would be the Podewils M1858 which is present in the 1973 feature film.
Dreyse Model 1841
The Dreyse Model 1841 Infantry Rifle is seen used by Bavarian soldiers during the demonstration of the Prussian Army Wunderwaffe. Prince Otto (Tom Schilling) takes a rifle from a soldier and fires the Dreyse as well. Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria (Uwe Ochsenknecht), says about these weapons: "This Needle Gun is a stroke of genius. Even from a thousand steps, you can still hit the enemy in the heart. BANG, and quickly reload again and BANG!". Maximilian II (Axel Milberg) wants to buy this rifle but after his death, Ludwig decides not to equip his troops with this rifle.
Johann von Lutz (Justus von Dohnányi) and Otto von Bismarck (Bernd Birkhahn) use bolt action rifles while hunting. They appear to be the Mauser Scheibenbüchse, a bolt-action target rifle based on the Mauser Gewehr 1871 system. Bismarck's rifle has a turned-down bolt handle.
Bavarian police and some of Ludwig's guards can be seen with Werndl M1873/77 rifles. These Austrian rifles may stand in for the correct Bavarian Werder-Gendarmerie-Gewehr M/1869/1873.
Several cannons are seen that look like Bavarian 6-pounder Zoller field guns.