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Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 27 November 1931 (Germany)
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At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.

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Christa Winsloe (screenplay), Friedrich Dammann (screenplay) (as F.D. Andam) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Emilia Unda Emilia Unda ... Oberin des Stifts
Dorothea Wieck ... Frl. von Bernburg
Hedy Krilla Hedy Krilla ... Frl. von Kesten (as Hedwig Schlichter)
Hertha Thiele ... Manuela von Meinhardis
Ellen Schwanneke Ellen Schwanneke ... Ilse von Westhagen (as Ellen Schwannecke)
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German film in which a sensitive girl is sent to an all-girls boarding school and develops a romantic attachment to one of her teachers. One of the earliest narrative films to explicitly portray homosexuality. Written by Black Francis <jsh0009@jove.acs.unt.edu>

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No picture in years has caused so much whispered discussion. First, it gripped Europe - now it has captured America. (USA ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

27 November 1931 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Maedchen in Uniform See more »

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Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The movie was banned when first released in Germany and the United States. It wasn't until First Lady Anna Eleanor Roosevelt saw the importance of the movie that the ban was lifted. See more »

Quotes

Exzellenz von Ehrenhardt - Manuelas Tante: Manuela, pull yourself together. Soldiers' daughters don't cry.
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Referenced in Vito (2011) See more »

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This one didn't fly with the Nazis.
28 June 2005 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Maedchen in Uniform" (German, 1931): I viewed this film in an "unrestored" version, yet I was still fascinated by it on a number of levels. The photography was wonderful – with well thought out set shots full of light and dark diagonal patterns illustrating late Expressionism/early Art Deco, and close ups of the girls and women using equally beautiful lighting, often with soft focus filters. A little knowledge of Euro/German history was helpful – since this movie was banned in Germany (just prior to Hitler's coming into full power), and there is a lesbian angle to the story. (Yet, having lived in Europe, I was NOT prone to assigning every hand-holding, dance, or goodnight kiss to lesbianism.) The Prussian attitudes were represented by the older women still in power, and the "new" German attitudes were given to the young girls, the "hope" of the future. Germany couldn't have been in much more turmoil at the time, and was cranking up towards the war to make up for the last war, fascism, racial purification, intolerance, and an even deeper sense of conformity. This film is loaded with the era's "issues", and not necessarily supportive of where Germany was headed.


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