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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.
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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.See all Editorial Reviews
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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. As time came for Albert and Lotte to marry, Goethe became acquainted with another legal clerk in Albert's circle, Wilhelm Jerusalem, who like Goethe had developed an infatuation for a young lady -- a soul-mate perhaps -- who was married. Upon finding that this lady would not, in the end, abandon her husband for him, Jerusalem borrowed a pistol from Kestner on the pretext of going hunting, and killed himself. Kestner was beside himself when he heard the news and Goethe, fearing he might do the same over his lost love in Lotte, shut himself off from the world for eight weeks in the summer of 1774 and when he emerged, had his two-part epistolary novel "Werther" in hand. The rest, as they say, is history. When he sent the literary agent Merck the manuscript and it was agreed then to publish "Werther," Mercke went so far as to secure for his client a firm copyright. With that Goethe's literary career was made.
So, here then is the fiction behind the fiction of the story of "Werther" with a little truth liberally thrown in for good measure. No "Shakespeare in Love" here, but rather the "Werther" story -- well sort of -- with a little Goethe included for good measure. Now...what about a film with Friederike Brion von Sessenheim. Now, THAT would make a great Goethe story for sure!
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