Claims about Goethe

In 1979, director Francis Ford Coppola, in the grip of clinical manic depression and anxiety over his incomplete opus Apocalypse Now, and while purportedly under the influence of his girlfriend, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, proposed making a “ten-hour film version of Goethe’s Elective Affinities, in 3D“.

There is more here.  And here is the famed Walter Benjamin essay on Elective Affinities.

The new and excellent Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings biography of Benjamin has a good discussion of that essay.


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