Young Werther falls in love with Charlotte, Albert's fiancée. After the wedding, Charlotte still resists Werther's love and the latter decides to shoot himself with Albert's gun.


Henri Pouctal


Charles Decroix, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (as Johann Wolfgang Goethe)


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Credited cast:
André Brulé ... Werther
Laurence Duluc Laurence Duluc ... Charlotte
Philippe Garnier Philippe Garnier ... Albert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julien Clément Julien Clément
Charles Desmoulins Charles Desmoulins


The picture opens with Werther's first meeting and introduction to Charlotte at her home, when he immediately becomes infatuated with her grace and charm. Some days later at a garden party, a spiteful friend of Charlotte's tells Werther that Charlotte is already engaged to be married, and points out to him the engagement ring on her finger. Werther is disconsolate, but calls at her home the next day, where he meets her future husband, Albert. He sees there is no chance to his ever marrying Charlotte. The next scene shows us Werther sitting on a bench, and the wedding party passing by. They ask him to join in the festivities, but he refuses. Some days later he passes Charlotte's home, just as Albert is leaving. She asks him in and he takes advantage of the fact to tell her of his great love for her. She is horrified, and flies to her room and locks herself in, while Werther almost knocks Albert down as he goes out. Albert's suspicions are aroused, especially when he finds Charlotte ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Release Date:

19 May 1910 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den unge Werthers Lidelser See more »

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Pathé Frères See more »
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1.33 : 1
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A finished picture which touches dramatic heights in its simplicity
19 September 2015 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A tragedy such as might come into the life of any man. Perhaps not all would commit suicide; yet in this instance suicide seems to be the only thing left for Werther to do after he discovers that his great love can never be reciprocated. Accordingly, he sends for pistols and probably goes upon the long journey from which there is no return. The film is tragic, as has been said, but the staging reaches a condition of perfection not always touched in these films, and the acting is in sympathy. The result is a finished picture which touches dramatic heights in its simplicity not often reached in the photoplay. Those who appreciate the highest type of acting and understand those subtleties which go to make up a dramatic picture of unusual power will accept this as one of the best pictures of the week. The writer is disposed to call it the best, but that is a personal opinion which may or may not be sustained by the opinion of others. It is out of the usual run, and for that reason deserves careful consideration from audiences wherever it is shown. - The Moving Picture World, October 29, 1910

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