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 novel Elective Affinities. It was released by the DEFA film studio on 27 August 1974.[1]

Elective Affinities
The film was shot at Schloss Rossewitz
Directed bySiegfried Kühn
Produced byBernd Gerwien
Screenplay bySiegfried Kühn
Based onElective Affinities by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Music byKarl-Ernst Sasse
CinematographyClaus Neumann
Edited byHelga Krause
Renate Bade
Production
company
Release date
  • 27 August 1974 (1974-08-27)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryEast Germany
LanguageGerman

Cast

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."[2]

References

  1. "Die Wahlverwandtschaften". Filmportal.de (in German). Deutsches Filminstitut. Retrieved 2015-07-04.
  2. "Wahlverwandtschaften (1974)". Lexikon des internationalen Films (in German). Retrieved 2015-07-04. Im historischen Dekor und im Dialog verfehlt der Film die Problematik der Vorlage; Verkürzungen und Straffungen führen bisweilen zur Unverständlichkeit des Ablaufs. Was bei Goethe als Zusammenprall von Sitten- und Naturgesetz dargestellt ist, erscheint im Film als ein Infragestellen von Norm, Moral und Ethik der bürgerlichen Ehe. Für Literaturfreunde dennoch ein bemerkenswerter Beitrag.
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