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Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  27 November 1931 (Germany)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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27 November 1931 (Germany)  »

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Maedchen in Uniform  »

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Voted Number 9 on Film Daily's Ten Best Pictures of 1933. It was on the 1933 list because that is the year the film was released in the USA, See more »

Quotes

Eldegard: My mother says I mustn't be weak. The Fatherland needs people of steel.
Friend: My mother spent four years here too. Doesn't she remember how awful it is?
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Remade as Mädchen in Uniform (1958) See more »

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Striking and Bold
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I found this film to be both touching and disturbing. Innovative and bold, Madchen in Uniform exposes social taboos in its depiction of lesbianism and teacher-student relationships. Beyond the subject matter, I was impressed with the acting and camera work, which seemed to tell a story all on its own. The quality of the film was certainly poor and the subtitles leave much to question, but the overall effect of the film is poignant. It succeeds in lifting the veil which conceals adolescent female life and without exploiting the budding sexuality of young girls, a phenomenon too often seen in cinema today. It seems strange that this careful balance of exposition and preservation was better kept seventy years ago than it is today. Should this movie be re-made now, one would doubtless see nudity,stereotypical lesbian behavior and exploitation of the relationship between the student and teacher. This film reminds us that a film doesn't have to shock us to be sexually provacative.


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