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First Love (1970)





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Producer/director Maximillian Schell adapted the screenplay of First Love from a story by Ivan Turgenev. John Moulder Brown plays Alexander, a 16-year-old boy who falls in love with 21-year-old Sinaida (Dominique Sanda). Despite a great deal of emotional turmoil, exacerbated by the fact that Sinaida has been sleeping with Alexander's father, Alexander insists upon pursuing the relationship. His sexual coming-of-age is played out against the ominous backdrop of pre-World War II Europe. The film was originally released as Ein Leibe.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
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Written By: John Gould Rubin, Maximilian Schell
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On DVD: Jun 29, 2010
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Marius Goring
as Dr. Lushin
Dandy Nichols
as Princess Zasekina
Richard Warwick
as Lt. Belovzorov
Keith Bell
as Count Malevsky
Johannes Schaaf
as Nirmatsky
John Osborne
as Maidanov
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Maxmilian Schell produced, directed, and starred in this coming of age tale, based on Turgeneve's story, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Full Review… | April 17, 2012

Audience Reviews for First Love

This is an awfully strange adaptation of the classic Turgenev novella. Dominique Sanda is gorgeous, and of course Sven Nykvist photographs her to perfection - visually it's all quite lush and colorful - but the thin storyline can't quite take such overmelodramatization. (A lot of it seems to be just a framework for Sven to go all-out, which is superb if all you want to do is look at scenery in many beautiful ways.) There are several 'what-the-fuck!?' moments and some bizarre 'artistic' sequences that are pretty incomprehensible. The period of this period piece is very ambiguous, and the music comes way out of left field. Among the cast are the wonderful Dandy Nichols (no one is better at playing annoying and decrepit old ladies) and an outrageous John Osborne (probably best known as a playwright) as the weirdo who creepily recites bad poetry while herding pigs. With close-ups of the pigs' rear ends. Told you it was weird, didn't I?

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