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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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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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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 »

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Fraulein von Bernburg: I try to be a friend to the children.
Frau Oberin: On equal terms?
Fraulein von Bernburg: Why not?
Frau Oberin: How can you maintain your authority?
Fraulein von Attems: We must stimulate their competitive spirit.
Frau Oberin: Precisely, Fraulein von Attems.
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great film
28 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Mädchen in Uniform This was a very bold film. It presents the controversies of lesbianism, teacher-student relationships, and antifascism in Germany in the 30's. The acting is of great quality. You don't need to know German to understand what's going on, even with out the subtitles. I find it interesting that feminine sexual powers are used throughout the film. The beloved teacher, Fräulein von Bernburg, uses her sexual powers to win the affection of the children, keeping them in check. During rehearsals for a play, one of the girls is told to use her feminine powers (to be more seductive) to play her part. Sex appeal is also mentioned in describing a movie star. The antifascism isn't blatant in the film, but in the opening scene, we see soldiers marching and then the schoolgirls marching, hinting at the hidden meaning. This film has a place in history and is worth seeing.


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