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Elective Affinities (1996)

Le affinità elettive (original title)
The novel (1809) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The marriage of Edward and Charlotte gets worse with the arrival at the castle Young Ottilia, grandson of Carlotta, and Brass. Edward is ... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Isabelle Huppert ... Carlotta
Fabrizio Bentivoglio ... Ottone
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Edoardo
Marie Gillain ... Ottilia
Massimo Popolizio ... Marchese
Laura Marinoni Laura Marinoni ... Marchesa
Consuelo Ciatti Consuelo Ciatti ... Governante
Stefania Fuggetta Stefania Fuggetta ... Agostina
Gavino Bondioli Gavino Bondioli ... Guardiacaccia
Massimo Grigo Massimo Grigo ... Cameriere
Adelaide Foti Adelaide Foti ... Albergatrice
Giancarlo Carboni Giancarlo Carboni ... Medico
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Giancarlo Giannini ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

The novel (1809) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. The marriage of Edward and Charlotte gets worse with the arrival at the castle Young Ottilia, grandson of Carlotta, and Brass. Edward is attracted to Ottilia, Carlotta by Otto. The action is moved from Germany to Tuscany San Miniato and Poggio a Caiano and moved chronologically Napoleonic era (but the finishing touches are several).

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Language:

Italian

Release Date:

17 May 1996 (Italy) See more »

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Elective Affinities See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Version of Les affinités électives (1982) See more »

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Strange 'affinity' with a superior film
12 May 2004 | by zapp-3See all my reviews

What were the Taviani's doing in the Summer of 1996? Dozing off with a glass of Chianti Classico and a copy of Lucio Gaudino's "Adelaide" on a portable Video Recorder to 'inspire' them on the shoot of this drab, lifeless,un-inspired period piece? "Adelaide" was shot 5 years earlier, on a shoestring (with breadcrumbs from the Italian State Film Funds) and was directed by a Mr. Nobody. It too was inspired by a period Novel, not Goethe, but a 'minor' French Novelist, I believe. Goethe wouldn't 'turn in his grave' over the Taviani's treatment to his masterpiece... Yes he WOULD turn over and go to sleep, maybe muttering a German phrase of disgust. Darlings of the institutions, it appears the Taviani's will continue to find funds for such lame efforts in the coffers of Italy's political parties. The film is a 'rip off'. It's French protagonist,( usually riveting), is strangely absent, a very pale copy of Assumpta Serna, "Adelaide"'s mesmerizing ageing beauty with a caustic brilliance. Gaudino's small jewel of a film is beautifully shot, well acted, and respects the 'feel' of the epoch. Anyone attracted to such material, (and deluded by the Taviani mess) should take the time, and trouble to track down 'the real Mc Coy! Buona Visione!


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