Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 01:00

It's easy to fall in love with 'Young Goethe in Love's' romantic world + Video

It's easy to fall in love with 'Young Goethe in Love's' romantic world musicboxfilms.com
Written by Diane Carson
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Related Video

About this Media...

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 to 1832) made his mark in late 18th and early 19th century Germany as a true genius: lawyer, philosopher, playwright, poet, and scientist. But in his early 20s, as depicted in the film "Young Goethe in Love" he's a familiar, love struck young man in conflict with his father.

Failing his academic exam in the opening scene, his father packs him off from Frankfurt to the backwater of Wetzlar where he's to practice law and shape up. He does but he remains drawn to poetry, especially after he meets the feisty Lotte Buff. They fall passionately in love. However, her mother dead and the eldest of several children, Lotte has responsibilities for her many siblings, as her father makes clear. Goethe channels their love and sad situation into his novel, "The Sorrows of Young Werther," a classic, romantic work of the Sturm und Drang period, usually translated as Storm and Stress or Storm and Passion.

"Goethe in Love" takes poetic license to fashion a dramatic story. Director Philipp Stölzl seems most inspired by real events as burrows into the quintessential character of romantic inclinations and the social pressures that qualify them. Beautifully filmed, "Goethe in Love" convincingly recreates the 1770s with muddy streets, dim candlelight, claustrophobic offices, and lived-in clothes. In other words, it doesn't romanticize the dirt and work nor does it gloss over the tragic consequences. Goethe was blamed for sensationalizing suicide as he became a fabulously famous writer because of The Sorrows of Young Werther.

As Goethe, Alexander Fehling brings a vulnerable naïveté to his performance, an immensely different presence from his cold Nazi Master Sergeant Wilhelm who sparks the basement tavern shootout in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" (Tarantino's spelling.) But the actor who truly infuses energy is Miriam Stein as Lotte Buff whose unbridled honesty and high-spirited charm enliven every scene she's in. "Young Goethe in Love" brings youth of the 18th century charmingly and entertainingly into the 21st. In German with English subtitles, at Webster University's Winifred Moore auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28th.For more information, you may call 314-968-7487 or on the web at: Webster.edu/filmseries.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


The Mound City Slickers

Mon August 4

The Driftaways

Mon July 28
The Driftaways are a seven-man reggae band hailing from St. Louis. Their E.P. "Don't Hide" is full of high-energy jams and groovy improvisations that give the band's music a good-time vibe. Download their…

KDHX Recommends

August
Saturday
23

Amelia White with Sergio Webb at Harvest Sessions 2014

Amelia White with Sergio Webb at Harvest Sessions 2014 Nashville, Tennessee-based songwriter Amelia White with guitarist Sergio Webb are this week's featured artists for Harvest Sessions. This free Saturday morning concert series takes place at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market,...


August
Friday
29

Small Black, Scarlet Tanager

KDHX welcomes Small Black to the Ready Room, with Scarlet Tanager. This event is all ages.


August
Saturday
30

Cave States at Harvest Sessions 2014

Cave States at Harvest Sessions 2014 Cave States makes its debut live performance at Harvest Sessions this week. The acoustic Americana band features veteran St. Louis musicians Danny Kathriner, Chris Grabau, Todd Schnitzer, John Higgins and John Horton. This free...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Upcoming Events HAPPENING

Online Users

3 users and 9287 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook