The Novel of Werther

The Novel of Werther (French: Le Roman de Werther) is a 1938 French historical drama film directed by Max Ophüls and starring Pierre Richard-Willm, Annie Vernay and Jean Galland. It is based on the 1774 novel The Sorrows of Young Werther by Goethe.[1]

The Novel of Werther
Directed byMax Ophüls
Produced bySeymour Nebenzal
Written byJohann Wolfgang Goethe (novel)
Hans Wilhelm
Fernand Crommelynck
Max Ophüls
StarringPierre Richard-Willm
Annie Vernay
Jean Galland
Jean Périer
Music byPaul Dessau
CinematographyFédote Bourgasoff
Paul Portier
Eugen Schüfftan
Edited byGérard Bensdorp
Jean Sacha
Distributed byMonopol Film
Release date
14 December 1938
Running time
85 minutes

The film was made by Nero Film, a company run by German exiles who had left following the Nazi rise to power.



  1. Gillespie, Engel & Dieterle p.24


  • Gillespie, Gerald & Engel, Manfred & Dieterle, Bernard. Romantic Prose Fiction. John Benjamins Publishing, 2008.
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