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Lotte In Weimar

Lotte In Weimar

On a late summer's day in 1816, Charlotte Kestner, widow of a privy councillor, and her daughter arrive in Weimar and take lodgings at the inn "Zum Elephanten". Mager, the smart, well-read waiter, identifies Charlottes as "Lotte" from The Sorrows of Werther, an early work by Goethe. Mager has nothing more urgent to do than spread this interesting novelty all over Weimar, which leads to many visitors turning up at the inn to visit "Lotte": Dr. Riemer, who has a love-hate relationship with the genius Goethe, Adele Schopenhauer, a bright, self-confident woman, Goethe's son August, and many others. These visitors prepare Charlotte for the forthcoming visit by the famous poet himself. This encounter, however, takes a very different course from what she expected. The small world of Charlotte and the big, cosmopolitan world of Goethe hardly have any points of contact. Although the friend of her youth is attentive, polite and considerate, Lotte is taken aback by his aloof and distanced manner towards her ...


Egon Guenther was born in Schneeberg in 1927. After the war, he studied Pedagogy, German and Philosophy at the University of Leipzig and worked as a dramaturg and screenwriter at the DEFA Studios from 1958 to 1964 and moved to West Germany in 1978 after his second film Ursula found little favor with the East German regime. His other films include: Wenn du gross bist, lieber Adam (1965), Abschied (1967), Die Schluessel (TV, 1972), The Third (Der Dritte, 1972), Lotte in Weimar (1974), The Sorrows of Young Werther, (Die Leiden des jungen Werther, 1976), Rosamunde (1989), Stein (1991), Lenz (1992), Schrobbsdorff (1998), Die Braut (1998) and Else - Geschichte einer leidenschaftlichen Frau (TV, 1999).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1974
Director Egon Guenther
Screenplay Egon Guenther
Cinematography Erich Gusko
Rita Hiller
Gustav Mahler
Cast Jutta Hoffmann, Katharina Thalbach, Lilli Palmer, Martin Hellberg, Rolf Ludwig, Hilmar Baumann
Producer Erich Albrecht
Production Company DEFA/Berlin
Length 125 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Mono
German Distributor PROGRESS Film-Verleih/Berlin

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