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First Love (Erste Liebe)

Based on Iwan Turgenjew's novella about the maturation of the shy love of a 16-year-old to a innocently coquette 21-year-old, who then falls tragically in love with the boy's father.


Maximilian Schell was born in Vienna in 1930. The Austrian-born lead made his screen debut in the mid-1950s and appeared in a number of German films before arriving in Hollywood in 1958. Schell earned an OSCAR for Best Actor for his role as a defense attorney in Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) and received similar acclaim for his character roles in films such as The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) and Julia (1977). In the meantime, he turned to production, with a 1968 adaptation of Franz Kafka's The Castle, and direction, with First Love (1970), based on a story by Turgenev. He wrote, produced and starred in his second feature as a director, The Pedestrian (Der Fuessgaenger, 1973), which was nominated for an OSCAR for Best Foreign Film. Schell's fascinating 1984 documentary, Marlene, centered on an "interview" with Marlene Dietrich. His most recent films as a director include: Candles in the Dark (TV, 1993), and Meine Schwester Maria (2002).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1970
Director Maximilian Schell
Screenplay Maximilian Schell, John Gould
Cinematography Sven Nykvist
Dagmar Hirtz
Cast Dominique Sanda, John Moulder-Brown, Maximilian Schell, Valentina Cortese, Johannes Schaaf
Production Companies Alfa Film/Glarus, Seitz Filmproduktion/Munich
Length 90 min
Awards German Film Award 1971