Paul Korner is a homosexual musician who falls in love with his protégé Kurt. Unfortunately, the two are seen walking hand in hand by the blackmailer Franz. Though Paul agrees to Franz's demands at first, it gets out of hand and he ends up refusing to pay which has dire consequences for the lovers. Written by
The role played by Conrad Veidt was probably the first homosexual character written for cinema. See more »
Respected ladies and gentlemen take heed. The time will come when such tragedies will be no more. For knowledge will conquer prejudice, truth will conquer lies, and love will triumph over hatred.
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This film stars Conrad Veidt and came "out" on the heels of Cabinet of
Dr. Caligari's success (1919). It was banned after a short run in
Germany where theater goers were harassed at showings. It seems very
brave of Conrad Veidt and the makers of the film to make a sympathetic,
sexually charged film about homosexuals in 1919. The story is about a
man who is blackmailed after making advances on a stranger he meets at
a men only dance. Found in the 1970's, the remaining footage is a
testament to the great forward thinking German Expressionist film
makers. Available on video from Facets, this film will appeal to film
historians, Conrad Viedt fans, and gay groups.
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