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First Love (1970)

Erste Liebe (original title)
Based on Ivan Turgeyev's novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the ... See full summary »

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... Sinaida
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... Dr. Lushin
... Princess Zasekina
... Lt. Belovzorov
... Count Malevsky
Johannes Schaaf ... Nirmatsky
John Osborne ... Maidanov
Thomas Margulies
Florian Lindinger
Otto Vogler
Gisela Bock
Josef Jofbauer
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Based on Ivan Turgeyev's novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the girl (Dominique Sanda as Sanaida) falls in love with the boy's father (Maximilian Schell). This film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 1970's Academy Awards. Written by Reece Lloyd

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A poem of a film
7 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

I saw this for the second time yesterday in a local cinema. On the big screen it was all the more impressing.

This is a very good adaption of Turgenjews story. What I mean by that is that, not only did it ewoke the same feelings that the novella gave me, it used the possibilieties of cinema to amplify them even. The directing is superb, with each shot you feel right there, the cinematography is poetic and connects rural Russia to the very soul of the characters. The acting is deep and the last scenes had me close to tears. On the downside it has some of the more out of place shots and this awkward feeling some of the european productions of that era had.

If you liked Turgenjews novella, definetly see this. If you have ever been a teenager desperatly in love, you need to see it just as much.


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