DVD Release: Young Goethe In Love

DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Music Box

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Alexander Fehling falls for Miriam Stein in Young Goethe in Love.

The 2011 German drama-romance film Young Goethe In Love examines the young adult years in the life of Germany’s revered writer, philosopher and poet Johann Wolfgang Goethe and the unrequited love that inspired him to greatness.

The movie follows the young Johann Wolfgang Goethe (Alexander Fehling, Inglourious Basterds) in 1772, as he struggles in his budding career as a lawyer even as he yearns to be a poet. After failing his law exams, he is sent by his father (Henry Huebchen) to the sleepy town of Wetzlar to toil as a law clerk and mend his ways. Soon after arriving, Johann meets the boisterous, crimson-tressed Lotte Buff (Miriam Stein), and the two fall in love. But their road to romance is filled with obstacles — employers to be obeyed, fathers to be heeded and duels to be contemplated — and hearts are destined to be broken.

Directed and co-written by Philipp Stölzl (North Face), Young Goethe in Love also stars Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run), Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) and Volker Bruch (The Reader).

The film received generally favorable reviews when it was released to U.S. theaters on a limited basis in November 2011. Many critics said the movie plays in the richly detailed tradition of such romantic period films as Amadeus and Shakespeare in Love. It grossed approximately $150,000 at the domestic box office.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.