Young poet Friedrich Schiller flees from the elite academy of Prince Carl Eugen to become an acclaimed theater writer in Mannheim. But the influence of Carl Eugen reaches farther than Schiller thought.
In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and ... See full summary »
The duel between Johann Goethe and Albert Kestner didn't exist in real life. However it is known that Goethe was wishing Kestner his death. The movie's producer Christoph Müller said, that it was known but they wanted to do it more cinematographic and not as a dialog line. See more »
Even Goethe was young once (yes I know, some things seem completely ridiculous now don't they) and was not the genius we all came to know ... Wait, do we really know him? Actually I wouldn't claim to know him. So we know his work and may like that or not. Think it's great or not. But what do we know about the human behind that?
Only way to make the movie more awkward would have been, to show him as a 2-year old (though that would be almost intriguing ... and I might even line up to watch that). As it is, we get to see him, as we have not seen him before. So the filmmakers have the freedom to show a human side on him. If any of this is based on anything in particular? I wouldn't be able to tell you.
What I can tell you, is that this is very light entertainment. It also tells us, that even great persons are people too. If you can live with that and enjoy a little story that has no aim to please anything more than lightweight entertainment, than you can't do anything wrong by watching this
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