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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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I purchased this DVD to accompany a reading of excerpts of the original Die Leiden des Jungen Werthers by the great Goethe in our German class. Read morePublished 13 days ago by N. Kandah
It is a cute movie. I like the love story and the history. Alex Flehing is fantastic as Goethe.Published 3 months ago by Megan A. Corbett
This German film deals with an early episode in Goethe's life, his romance with a young woman, Charloltte Buff, who became the heroine of Goethe's first novel, "The Sufferings... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Philip Brantingham
Ridiculous... It's truly ridiculous... How moving this movie is!Published 8 months ago by Jc Gonzalez
A wonderfully witty, yet tragic movie. A story that many in the US are unaware.Published 8 months ago by Kathryn A. Puleo
We germans are not so good in film production. Honestly. The germans could have done a better job in making this movie.Published 9 months ago by Robert Burghard
Great looking movie with terrific performances. Wanted to like this SO much but the English subtitles appear to have been written on an automatic translator that simply doesn't... Read morePublished 10 months ago by manxman