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Anders als die Andern (1919)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, History | 28 May 1919 (Germany)
Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.

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Richard Oswald
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Cast

Cast overview:
Conrad Veidt ... Paul Körner
Leo Connard Leo Connard ... Körner's Father
Ilse von Tasso-Lind Ilse von Tasso-Lind ... Körner's Sister
Alexandra Willegh Alexandra Willegh ... Körner's Mother
Ernst Pittschau Ernst Pittschau ... Brother-in-Law
Fritz Schulz ... Kurt Sivers
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Sivers' Father
Clementine Plessner Clementine Plessner ... Sivers' Mother
Anita Berber Anita Berber ... Else Sivers
Reinhold Schünzel ... Franz Bollek
Helga Molander Helga Molander ... Mrs. Hellborn
Magnus Hirschfeld Magnus Hirschfeld ... Doctor / Sexologist
Karl Giese Karl Giese ... Paul Körner als Schüler
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Storyline

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 cupcakes

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Gay-Themed Films Of The German Silent Era


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Country:

Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

28 May 1919 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Anders als die Anderen See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Runtime:

(reconstructed)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Magnus Hirschfeld, a prominent sexologist, co-wrote the screenplay and made a cameo appearance as The Doctor, with whom Paul Korner consults. A scene resembling that of the modern-day LGBT scene existed in Weimar Germany, albeit underground, and the scene at the gay bar featured actual LGBT individuals. The screenwriter and author Anita Loos said of this period, in 1923: "Any Berlin lady of the night might turn out to be a man: the prettiest girl on the street was Conrad Veidt, who later became an international film star." (It was Hirschfeld who coined the term 'transvestism.') See more »

Quotes

Arzt: 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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Impressively Bold
24 June 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Two male musicians fall in love, but blackmail and scandal makes the affair take a tragic turn.

Director Richard Oswald was bold in making this film and pushing the message that homosexuality was not a crime but a failure of society to be accepting. Especially at the time when homosexuality was blatantly illegal in Germany. Not surprisingly, the film was soon banned and almost completely destroyed.

Conrad Veidt was also bold for starring in it, even if he had not yet been made into a star for "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" the following year. This was at least Veidt's second time working with Oswald, having just finished up "Uncanny Stories".

The plot is interesting in making the presentation that homosexuality is normal (definitely a minority view at the time) and the real crime was extortion from those who would blackmail closeted men. Although neither Oswald nor Veidt were gay, they clearly had sympathy for their brethren (Veidt was later better known for standing up for the Jewish community).


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