Film Lotte in Weimar

A man and two women sitting on a bench/still from the film "Lotte in Weimar" © DEFA Stiftung/Ingo Raatzke, Wolfgang Ebert

Wed, 02/15/2023

7:00 PM

Goethe-Institut Chicago

Mann at the Movies

Lotte in Weimar (1975) is an East German film directed by Egon Günther and produced by DEFA. It is based on the 1939 novel, Lotte in Weimar: The Beloved Returns by German novelist Thomas Mann.

Charlotte Kestner, the love of Goethe's youth, became famous because she was the real-life Lotte represented in his renowned The Sorrows of Young Werther. At age 44 she travels to Weimar to see Goethe again, and high society's posturing and Goethe's personal history lead her to an unexpected conclusion.

MAnn at the Movies:

Death in Venice | Feb. 07, 6PM | Northwestern University
Mephisto | Mar. 01, 7PM | Northwestern University

Film courtesy of the DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst.