Die Wahlverwandtschaften (1974)

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Die Wahlverwandtschaften (1974)

Eduard and Charlotte live an isolated and idyllic life together. But soon Eduard feels that something is missing and he invites his friend Otto to come stay. Charlotte, meanwhile, decides that her foster daughter Ottilie should come live with them. Complex and passionate relationships between the four people begin. Based on Goethe's novel of the same title.
East Germany
IMDb  6.2 /10
Creators
Director Siegfried Kühn
Writer Christel Gräf
Writer Regine Kühn
Writer Siegfried Kühn
Writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Information
Release Date1974-08-27
Runtime1h 40mins
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyDeutsche Film (DEFA)
CountryEast Germany
LanguageGerman
Ottilie (as Magda Vasary)
Gerry Wolff
Gerry Wolff
Hauptmann
Horst Schulze
Horst Schulze
Mittler
Jana Plichtová
Jana Plichtová
Luciane
Nico Turoff
Nico Turoff
Gärtner
Jost Braun
Jost Braun
Architekt
Karl-Ernst Sasse
Karl-Ernst Sasse
Klavierspieler
Claus Dobberke
Claus Dobberke
Verlobter
Dieter Birr
Dieter Birr
Maurergeselle
Christian Grashof
Christian Grashof
Spaßmacher
Egon Brennecke
Egon Brennecke
1. Verlobungsgast

Elective Affinities (film)

Elective Affinities (German: Die Wahlverwandtschaften) is a 1974 East German drama film directed by Siegfried Kühn. It follows the dynamics which follow when a couple invite two other people. The film is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 1809 novel Elective Affinities. It was released by the DEFA film studio on 27 August 1974.


Cast

  • Beata Tyszkiewicz as Charlotte
  • Hilmar Thate as Eduard
  • Magda Vasary as Ottilie
  • Gerry Wolff as the Captain
  • Horst Schulze as Mittler
  • Christine Schorn as Baroness
  • Volkmar Kleinert as Count
  • Jana Plichtová as Luciane
  • Nico Turoff as gardener
  • Jost Braun as architect

Reception

The journal Film-Dienst wrote: "In the historical scenography and in the dialogue, the film misses the issues of the original work; shortenings and tightenings occasionally make the developments incomprehensible. What in Goethe is presented as a clash of moral and natural laws, appears in the film as a questioning of norms, moral and ethics of civil marriage. For literature fans still a remarkable contribution."