Werther / The Torment of Young Love

drama

Typology

feature

Lenght

long

Czech title

Werther

Runtime

88 min

Country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production year

1926

Premiere

29.04.1927

Language version

Czech

Director

Miloš Hajský

Synopsis

The dreamy loner Werther has fallen in love with the charming Lotta whose sister Žofie fails to conceal her feelings towards Werther. At a ball to which the girls have invited him, Werther meets Lotta's fiance Kestner. Lotta suggest to Werther that he should teach her brother Max to play the violin. Werther accepts and becomes good friends with him. Lotta eventually marries Kestner. Werther becomes withdrawn and succumbs to delusion. After some time he is invited to visit the Kestners. After Kestner leaves, Werther and Lotta play a work together which he had composed for her. When her husband comes back he finds Lotta in his embrace and Werther is thrown out. Werther decides to kill himself. He is mortally wounded by a bullet from his own pistol and is taken to Lotta to die in her arms. The despairing Lotta seeks the comfort of her husband. (According to promotional material issued at the time the film was made.)

Note

The novel Werther, upon which the film was based, was written as a paraphrase of the novel by Johann Wolfgang Goethe Utrpení mladého Werthera / The Torment of Young Werther and was published at the beginning of the 20th century.

Cast

Marta Mayrová

Charlotta Buffová, zvaná Lotta

Ela Poznerová

Žofie, sestra Lotty

Ola Hors

Max, bratr Lotty

František Havel

otec Buff

Vladimír Židlický

Kestner, manžel Lotty

František Adam

Kampe, Wertherův přítel

Jan Marek

regenschori

Crew and creators

Based on

Jaroslav Maria (Werther – román)

Production Designer

Vilém Rittershain

Production info

Original Title

Werther

English Title

Werther / The Torment of Young Love

Parallel Title

Utrpení mladé lásky

Category

film

Typology

feature

Genre

drama

Origin country

Czechoslovakia

Copyright

1926

Production Year

1926

Premiere

29.04.1927

Production

Miloš Hajský

Copyright Holders

Národní filmový archiv

Distribution

Fortuna Film

Technical info

Lenght

long

Runtime

88 min

Versions

Czech