Lotte in Weimar

(Lotte in Weimar)

GDR, 1975, 119 min, Color
In German; no subtitles
Credits:
Director
Script
Dramaturg
Editor
Camera
Set Design
Costume Design
Music (Score)
Cast

Synopsis

 Charlotte Kestner, the love of Goethe’s youth, became famous as the real-life Lotte represented in his renowned The Sorrows of Young Werther. At forty-four years of age she travels to Weimar to see Goethe again. The posturing of high society and Goethe’s personal history lead her to an unexpected conclusion.

 

Based on the novel by Thomas Mann. Dramaturg (later Studio Director) Walter Janka was befriended by the Thomas Mann family, making this adaptation possible.

Awards

1975 Competition, Cannes International Film Festival

Press comments

“The film provides an interesting case study in the cultural heritage of the GR as it is an adaptation of the novel, which is itself a reconsideration of the Goethean tradition.”

—Robert Blankenship, Directory of World Cinema, Germany 2

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