Friday, November 4, 2011

New Goethe Movie just in time for Seattle Opera's "Werther"

Today the new German movie Young Goethe in Love opened in New York; the New York Times has an insightful review. Seattleites got a chance to see it last May, when it played at the Seattle International Film Festival. In the tradition of Shakespeare in Love, the film is a fictionalized account of how Goethe came to write The Sorrows of Young Werther--the brief epistolary novel that launched the Romantic movement and inspired Massenet's opera, which our Young Artists will be singing at 7 pm tonight at the Kirkland Performance Center in Kirkland, WA.

Here's a trailer for the new film, which stars Alexander Fehling as Goethe, Miriam Stein as his beloved, and the great Moritz Bleibtreu as his rival:

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