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Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 27 November 1931 (Germany)
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
Hedwig Schlichter Hedwig Schlichter ... Frl. von Kesten
Hertha Thiele Hertha Thiele ... Manuela von Meinhardis
Ellen Schwanneke Ellen Schwanneke ... Ilse von Westhagen (as Ellen Schwannecke)
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Storyline

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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AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY! (USA ad - all caps) 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Manuela von Meinhardis: When you say goodnight and shut the door to your room I stare at the door in the darkness. I want to get up and come to you but I know that I can't. I think about when I leave the school and you'll still be here. And every night you kiss new girls...
Fraulein von Bernburg: What a silly idea!
Manuela von Meinhardis: I love you so, but you're always so distant. I can't ever go to your room, or talk to you, or...
Fraulein von Bernburg: Pull yourself together child. Forget you're a young girl and be a good friend. You know I can't make exceptions or the other girls ...
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Referenced in Strictly Dynamite (1934) See more »

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Striking and Bold
26 March 2002 | by jt004kSee all my reviews

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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