Young Goethe in love

Young Goethe in love

DVD - 2012 | German
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In 1772 Germany, the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe aspires to be a poet. After failing his law exams, he is sent by his father 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. But then Lotte Buff enters his life and nothing is the same as before. However, the young lovers are unaware that her father has already promised Lotte's hand to another man.


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Apr 03, 2019

This film was delightful. Well-written with excellent performances from the cast. Pretty photography. The film was alternately funny and unexpectedly suspenseful. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.

Jan 30, 2018

This film was extremely enjoyable, witty, and insightful. It is not entirely based on facts about Goethe's life, but if you haven't read much or any of his works, this is a great introduction (roughly) to the path which Goethe set on that shaped his views and desire for writing.
A truly well made film with wonderful costumes and acting! Definitely one to share with other movie fans.

Jul 05, 2017

The movie is fine, I would have rated higher if it was in fact based on historic facts. It is NOT. The most important scenes are fictional and never happened to Goethe. At least you would expect a legend "(VERY) loosely based on historic facts"... but nothing. This killed the movie for me. Not to mention the people chanting Goethe's name at the end as if they were in a soccer game.

Jun 21, 2017

I loved the movie but not the message it has sent to teens. Nobody is worth killing yourself over! NOBODY.

Feb 03, 2016

This is an historical drama and romantic comedy about Germany's most famous writer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) at age 23. The film is in German, with English subtitles. Apparently the American distributors changed the original title (GOETHE!) to "Young Goethe in Love" to capture the "Shakespeare in Love" audience. The actor who plays the lead is German actor Alexander Fehling, whom you may recognize from the Showtime series HOMELAND. (He also played Master Sgt. Wilhelm in the film "Inglourious Basterds".) The film is a fictionalized story of Goethe's early years and the events that formed the basis of his novel "The Sorrows of Young Werther", which made Goethe famous by age 25. His introspective poetry inspired works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Wagner, among others. Goethe's magnum opus was the tragedy "Faust", about the scholar who sold his soul to Mephistopheles. Goethe was also a statesman whose essays influenced Hegel, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Freud, and Jung. He also wrote scientific treatises on botany, the theory of light, and meteorology. Germany's worldwide nonprofit cultural organization, the Goethe-Institut, is named after him.
If you like this film, you will probably also enjoy "Beloved Sisters" ("Die geliebten Schwestern"), another German romantic comedy about Goethe's friend and fellow writer, Friedrich (von) Schiller (1759-1805).

Scaltro Jan 06, 2015

Really great. wonderful story

good story, wish it included a hint of who Goethe became after this traumatic youth. Now I have to read more about this poet.

d2013 Oct 05, 2014


Jul 16, 2014

The sweet story of a 'first love' done by an excellent cast, with convincing period costumes and settings. Miriam Stein is radiant as Lotte, and Alexander Frühling is just right as the smitten Goethe. Wistful, tender and comic by turns, it's a romantic film that will leave you smiling.

Jan 05, 2014

Very well done! Excellent romantic German movie that is definitely a sleeper hit. I would highly recommend this film. Solid plot and beautiful acting.

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