Young Goethe In Love (2011)
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Germany 1772 - the young and tumultuous Johann Goethe (Alexander Fehling) aspires to be a poet but after failing his law exams, is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to a sleepy provincial court to mend his ways. At first, he tries to do his best and 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, Johann is unaware that Lotte is in fact already promised by her father (Burghart
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Stylistically, the most engaging aspect of the picture is Stölzl's direction.
An old-fashioned romance that's easy to like even if you have no interest in German literature, illegal duels or the more romantic aspects of committing suicide.
The story of a talented but not yet mature young man who stumbles upon the topic that would lead to his fame: love, and the loss of it.
Like a porcelain dish commemorating a famous person, this biopic has little to teach us about the great German writer but sure makes him look adorable.
It's just as gorgeously shot, just as clever, just as frothy and dynamic as the period pieces of 15-20 years ago.
Fans of "Shakespeare in Love" should receive this one warmly. I would watch it again.
So long as one doesn't take it as a history lesson,...a moderately enjoyable period piece...an exercise in quasi-biography that's engaging in an old-fashioned way.
A lively, deeply felt film that convinces us a historical figure's life was as compelling as the work he achieved.
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