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The Awakening of Spring (2008)

Based on the 1891 play "Spring Awakening," this filmed stage drama examines the tensions and confusion of young people as their growing sexual awareness conflicts with the repressive social... See full summary »

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Frank Wedekind (play)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yuval David ... Arthur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Aniston ... Mr. Gable
Gary Bisig Gary Bisig ... Mr. Steifel
Nicholas Downs ... Eugene
Briana Feehan ... Martha
Jason Graae Jason Graae ... Doctor / Minister / Musician
Heather Maristella ... Ruth (as Heather Freedman)
Jan Milligan ... Henry
Bridget Moloney ... Miriam
Javier Picayo Javier Picayo ... Matthew
Chad Richman Chad Richman ... George
Alex Schemmer ... Joseph
Susan Elizabeth Shaw ... Thea
Jesse Lee Soffer ... Michael
Victoria Tennant ... Mrs. Woodman
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Based on the 1891 play "Spring Awakening," this filmed stage drama examines the tensions and confusion of young people as their growing sexual awareness conflicts with the repressive social environment around them. John Aniston and Victoria Tennant are part of a veteran cast in this earnest and explicit study of the dangerous tension between youthful urges and society's rules. The film is directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. Written by Anonymous

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TV-MA

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Goofs

Early in Matthew's (Javier Picayo) final long monologue, he takes off his shirt and throws it to the floor. During the rest of that same speech, the shirt moves three times - from upstage right to downstage left, back to upstage right and back to downstage left again. See more »

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Version of Frühlingserwachen (1924) See more »

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inspiration for "our town"?
14 March 2014 | by enojonesSee all my reviews

It's stunning but the elements of this play are instantly recognizable to anyone who has seen an "Our Town" performance, and liked it. A minimalist set, soliloquies and dialogs from and to the dead echo across the decades. It is astounding that this play existed and ran during a period of Victorian morality and codes of conduct which in later decades would intensely condemn and attempt to stifle creative writing exposing raw sexuality and conflict.

Being a high-brow play, this deserves a second and third consumption to catch the nuisances and to focus on a character during the run.

In this modernized version, extra "skin" is sprinkled in for sensation and often distracts from the spoken word. The high points of the play/film are the quiet exchanges between conflicted characters and those in emotional distress--on the edge.


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