First Love


1h 32m 1970

Brief Synopsis

Before the Russian Revolution, a teenage boy on vacation with his parents is attracted to the 21-year-old daughter of their neighbor. After becoming her youngest suitor, the boy endures his first heartbreak and also disillusionment with his father whom he learns has had an affair with the girl.

Film Details

Also Known As
Erste liebe
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Oct 1970
Production Company
Alfa-Film; Franz Seitz Filmproduktion
Distribution Company
UMC Pictures
Country
Switzerland
Location
Hungary
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Pervaya lyubov" by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev in Biblioteka dlya chteniya (1860).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

In the days before the 1917 Revolution Alexander, a 16-year-old boy vacationing with his parents, becomes attracted to Sinaida, the 21-year-old daughter of their neighbor, Princess Zasekina, an impoverished aristocrat. Alexander is the youngest of Sinaida's many suitors. When the men play a game of chance, Alexander wins a kiss from Sinaida and falls deeply in love with her. Overwhelmed with jealousy, Alexander follows her everywhere, but she returns his affection only fleetingly. Finally, he is heartbroken and shocked when he learns that his father has been committing adultery with her. Years later, after war and revolution have swept the country, Alexander hears that Sinaida has married, and he decides to visit her. When he arrives at the house, however, he is told that she recently died in childbirth.

Film Details

Also Known As
Erste liebe
MPAA Rating
Genre
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 7 Oct 1970
Production Company
Alfa-Film; Franz Seitz Filmproduktion
Distribution Company
UMC Pictures
Country
Switzerland
Location
Hungary
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Pervaya lyubov" by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev in Biblioteka dlya chteniya (1860).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 32m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Award Nominations

Best Foreign Language Film

1970

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Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in Hungary. Released in Switzerland and West Germany in 1970 as Erste Liebe.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States July 10, 1970

Shown at San Sebastian Film Festival July 10, 1970.

Based on the 1860 short story "Pervaya lyubov" by Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev in Biblioteka dlya chteniya.

Directorial debut for actor Maximilian Schell.

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States July 10, 1970 (Shown at San Sebastian Film Festival July 10, 1970.)