Young Goethe In Love
This is a delightful film. The only real reservation, which isn’t fair at all, is it is in German with English subtitles. Regardless, Goethe was really the first rockstar of the modern age: he was a poet, apparently he was gorgeous, he was wealthy, he was a lawyer, he was a good dancer, he was an artist, he wrote Faust; he was kind of a super-guy. This is a story of him at 23 when he was a student who failed his orals before he became the philosopher. He apparently rode horseback, he fenced, he invented rollerskates, he discovered the pharyngeal bone, was a scientist, a traveler, a minister; he was really sort of a genius. When he was 23 and he wrote The Sorrows of Young Werther as the result of a broken heart and this is the story of the woman who broke his heart whose name was Lotte, played by Miriam Stein. Alexander Fehling, who plays Goethe, and the rest of the cast is terrific. This is just one of those movies that is wonderful, you know you worry about it being made over as an English version with somebody like Justin Bieber starring, but it is terrific. It is just hard to give a movie that is subtitled a full five stars, but it’s a terrific movie. Four and a half stars; go see it.