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Young Goethe in Love

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Product Description

Germany 1772 a the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling) aspires to be a poet; but after failing his law exams, he is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. Unsure of his talent and eager to prove himself, Goethe soon wins the praise and friendship of his superior Kestner (Moritz Bleibtreu). But then Lotte (Miriam Stein) enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, the young lovers are unaware that her father has already promised Lotteas hand to another man.

About the Actor

Alexander Fehling - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Born in 1981 in Berlin, Alexander Fehling studied at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch in Berlin from 2003 to 2007. In 2006, he received the O.E. Hasse Award from the Akademie der Künste (a sponsorship award for new actors). A year later he won the German Film Sponsorship Award for his lead role in the film Am Ende kommen Touristen. Fehling appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. He also appeared in the films The Art of Dying, Andres Veiel's, Wer wenn nicht wir, 13 Semester, Hans-Christian Schmid's award-winning film Storm, and Heinrich Breloer's Buddenbrooks. His performances onstage include Peter Stein's production of the Friedrich Schiller trilogy Wallensteins Lager /Die Piccolomini /Wallensteins Tod, Die lustigen Nibelungen, Glaube LiebeHoffnung, and Schneewittchen. Upcoming feature films include If Not Us, Who? Niemandsland.

Special Features

- "The Making of Young Goethe in Love" featurette
- The Visual Effects of Goethe
- Theatrical and international trailers

Product Details

  • Actors: Alexander Fehling, Miriam Stein, Moritz Bleibtreu
  • Directors: Philipp Stolzl
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Music Box Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0070YPWAW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,235 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Christopher L. Dolmetsch on September 2, 2013
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I am teaching Goethe's "Werther'" (Die Leiden des jungen Werthers) for the upteenth time and was surprised to discover this film almost by accident. Some years ago a German film of "Werther" was made and its highly surealistic interpretation of Werther's psychosis was both interesting and somewhat disarming. Alas, the film when released on video did not have English subtitles, and only by means of a somewhat questionable Asian source has a rare DVD of that film *with* English subtitles appeared.

My assumption, when seeing the English title "Young Goethe in Love" was that this would be the telling of the very strange relationship of the student-of-law at Strassburg, Goethe, and the innkeepers daughter in the neighboring village of Sessenheim, Friederike Brion. That torrid affair, which saw Goethe riding almost daily into the countryside to be with his beloved muse (for whom he wrote some of his best early poetry) suddenly came to an abrupt end when Goethe, without so much as saying farewell, left Strassburg and Friederike for good. Why has been the subject of much speculation and discussion over the years.

But no! This is the tale of the post-Strassburg Goethe, who was compelled by his disapproving Father to take a post as a legal clerk at Wetzlar, a town not too distant from his natal Frankfurt a.M., where he was assigned to the most agreeable attorney Albert Kestner. Kestner was betrothed to Goethe's landlady's very gifted and sensitive eldest daughter Charlotte and Goethe spent many happy hours with Lotte and, I might add, Albert in social settings. Occasionally Goethe and Lotte were alone and it is perhaps at those times that Goethe fancied that Lotte might forsake Albert for him. That was not to happen.
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I love Goethe (with an oe). I didn't know if I'd like this film since I, like other Goethephiles, have my "concept" of this man. I was very happily surprised by the light-hearted sweetness of the characterization of Goethe at age 23. As a writer I deeply appreciated the strategy used by the filmmakers in showing Goethe's way of contending with hopeless love, his broken heart. I liked the lines put into Lotte's mouth; I liked the way the piece was filmed and the characterization of the "minor" characters such as Lotte's and Goethe's fathers. I loved the Faust puppet show that was dimly slipped into a market scene; I loved the self-mockery and playfulness of the film and its characters. It was just a pleasure to watch. I wish someone would make a film of Goethe's last love, that which the Marienbad Elegies are written. I'm actually buying a DVD.
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Despite the American distributor's shameless try to milk the Shakespeare in Love audience as much as possible by changing the title to the above, this film is definitely not trying to be the same movie. Sure it has some similarities and the filmmakers were no doubt aware of this, but the tone of the film, the story itself, and the emotional power are very different from each other. Goethe! (as was the original European title) is, sure, like Shakes in Love in that it's about a famous artist when he was young and right before he "finds his voice" and what causes him to find that voice is romantic heartbreak. The major difference to me is that in Goethe's case we know this to be a fact. If you've read The Sorrows of Young Werther or know of the story or know of Goethe's personal life, then you know what happens in this film - while they twist things here and there - is for the most part all true. Fact relates to fiction in an odd way but it relates to in a more profound way when you know the fiction has solid ground of fact supporting it. When you watch Goethe in Love and know of the real Goethe, there is an added tenderness and heartbreak to what you see simply because you know it all really happened. When you watch Shakespeare in Love, we really have no clue whatsoever if what we're watching happened or not, and in fact, if you know at least a little bit about Shakespeare biography, whether you believe it was Shakespeare or someone else, then you know what happens in Shakespeare in Love most likely DID NOT happen.
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the legendary German writer and the man of all talents, from art to science and considered a genius of modern German literature who is known for his works of poetry, drama, philosophy and science.

Known for his drama "Faust" and the "Marienbad Elegy" to name a few, when it comes to romance stories, Goethe will forever be remembered for his short epistolary and loosely autobiographical novel titled "Die Leiden des jungen Werthers" (The Sorrows of Young Werther), which was published back in 1774.

It was a novel that was inspired by pain of loving someone so much, but yet not being able to be with them. Pain of losing someone and for love, a sacrifice had to be made.

Suffice to say, "The Sorrows of Young Werther" was a hit and a novel that would propel Goethe to superstar status and even created a fad in which many young men would take their lives because some interpreted "suicide" as the best form of showing one's love and despair.

It was a story written by a Goethe as a young adult, while he was studying law in Leipzing. While studying law, he met a girl and through circumstance, "The Sorrows of Young Werther" was inspired by his love for Charlotte Buff. A story about two people who loved each other but were unable to be together because she was arranged to marry someone else and keep the family financially supported, while the tragedy was inspired by his friend Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem, who killed himself after the woman he had an affair with, chose her husband over him. But also the disdain of how people who committed suicide were treated posthumously at the time (people who killed themselves were looked at with the lowest disdain).
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