12 February 2013

Movie Review: Love in Thoughts


Now, if you have never heard of der Steglitzer Schülertragödie you are not alone. I wasn't aware of this event even though I'm very familiar with both modern and pre-modern European history. But this tragedy was well known throughout the international press before World War II and cited by the Nazis regarding the decline of morals in the youth in the Weimar Republic!

Love in Thought is about this event in Weimar Germany. Paul is interrogated by the police regarding a note he had written. We are then transported to an earlier time where Paul, who is very shy, has made friends with Guenther, openly gay, and Hilde, his sister. He stays with them while their parents are on holiday. Then Han Stephan appears in the picture. Paul has fallen madly in love with Hilde, who is not interested in him. Guenther is madly in love with Hans Stephan, who is ambivalent, in part because Hilde is also in love with Hans Stephen.

There is a series of parties (or maybe its just one) where Paul and Hilde end up going through a series of couplings wildly drunk while Hans Stephan plays both the siblings. Hans Stephan eventually choices Hilde. At the end of the alcohol fueled chaos, Paul and Guenther agree to a suicide pact: Guenther to kill Hans Stephan, Paul to kill Guenther and Hilde, then Paul to kill himself.

I won't tell you what happens but naturally, from my description, Paul does not kill himself, and so something didn't happen according to plan. It's a little on the formal side and if you don't know about the Steglitzer Schülertragödie or didn't read my blog about the movie, you might feel a little bored at times. It is a true story about Paul Krantz, who went under the pen name Ernst Erich Noth.

Again, I'm aware of the fact that some you really enjoy watching young European men on screen and there are quite a few so enjoy. It is worth watching in any event for its "true story" value and its excellent production values.

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