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Mädchen in Uniform (1958)

In a strict Prussian boarding school for girls, sensitive student Manuela von Meinhardis develops a forbidden love to one of her teachers, the compassionate Elisabeth von Bernburg.


Géza von Radványi (as Geza Radvanyi)


Christa Winsloe (play), Friedrich Dammann (screenplay) (as F.D. Andam) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lilli Palmer ... Elisabeth von Bernburg
Romy Schneider ... Manuela von Meinhardis
Therese Giehse ... Headmistress
Blandine Ebinger ... Miss von Racket
Adelheid Seeck ... Princess
Gina Albert ... Marga von Rackow
Sabine Sinjen ... Ilse von Westhagen
Christine Kaufmann ... Mia
Danik Patisson ... Alexandra von Treskow
Ginette Pigeon Ginette Pigeon ... Edelgard von Kleist
Marthe Mercadier ... Madame Aubert
Paulette Dubost ... Johanna
Roma Bahn Roma Bahn ... Wardrobe Mistress
Margaret Jahnen ... Miss Evans
Regine Burghardt Regine Burghardt ... College Girl


After the death of her parents young girl Manuela von Meinhardis is sent to a boarding school where Prussian drill rules the education. Desperately seeking love and warmth in Manuela's heart, emotions for the only human - teacher, Fraeulein von Bernburg, start growing. Manuela falls in love with her, and is just a matter of time until the forbidden love becomes known which immediately leads to disaster. Written by Antje Kuechler

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This Startling Motion Picture Will Be the Yardstick By Which People Will Measure Each Other's Sophistication...




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The school in which the story is set was the Kaiserin-Augusta-Stift (Empress Augusta Foundation), which had moved to new buildings at Potsdam in 1902. The school was for daughters of noblemen, officers, clergymen and civil servants. See more »


Remake of Muchachas de Uniforme (1951) See more »

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But it's nothing lesbian!
5 June 2021 | by RodrigAndrisanSee all my reviews

Manuela (Romy Schneider) looks like an angel, like a being of unreal beauty, an alien lost among ugly, evil, false beings. The exception being Elisabeth von Bernburg (Lilli Palmer), whom you can't help but fall in love with, she's of divine beauty and goodness. Even the old scorpion Headmistress (Therese Giehse) finally gives in, giving her justice. But it's too late, too much injustice has already happened. Excellent film made by Géza von Radványi, without any male character, not even one male actor plays in this production.

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Release Date:

5 November 1958 (France) See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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