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Feuerreiter (1998)

Film about the German poet Friedrich Hoelderlin (1770-1843), concentrating on his ardent affair with Susette Gondard.

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Nina Grosse
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Feifel ... Friedrich Hölderlin
Marianne Denicourt ... Susette Gontard
Ulrich Mühe ... Jacob Gontard
Matthias Faber Matthias Faber ... Henry Gontard
Zofia Saretok ... Mme Gontard d'Orville
Ulrich Matthes ... Baron Isaac von Sinclair
Margit Carstensen ... Frau von Proeck
Nina Hoss ... Marie Rätzer
Pierre Besson Pierre Besson ... Friedrich Schelling
Tobias Langhoff Tobias Langhoff ... Georg Hegel
Ueli Jäggi Ueli Jäggi ... Germania
Dieter Landuris Dieter Landuris ... Marianne
Lech Dyblik ... Bürger
Piotr Gasowski ... Bürger
Redbad Klynstra ... Georg Hammelmann
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Film about the German poet Friedrich Hoelderlin (1770-1843), concentrating on his ardent affair with Susette Gondard.

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Drama

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Country:

France | Austria | Poland | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

3 December 1998 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire Rider See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Budget:

DEM11,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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magnetic love, never seen such a pair of lovers before
9 February 1999 | by RomanB.See all my reviews

This is a biography of Hoelderlin's life somehow, but the main focus lies on the desperate love between the poet himself and his employer's wife Susette. (For details about Hoelderlin's poetry and life check your local library, it is worth it!) The movie presents an impressively vivid and - despite the historic setting and costumes - a quite contemporary view at Hoelderlin's life. It would be too much to go into detail, but this is for sure:

I have never seen such a magnetic, passionate, fine and erotic pair of lovers in a movie before! If you like beauties, that are absolutely non-boring, non-hollywoodish, refreshing, hell of actors and truly convincing representatives of their narrative roles, then off you go to see this well-balanced and wonderful movie. Nina Grosse directed this film with excellent taste, modesty and charme. One of my favourites in 1999.


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