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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 Adelheid Seeck ... Princess
Gina Albert ... Marga von Rackow
Sabine Sinjen ... Ilse von Westhagen
Christine Kaufmann ... Mia
Danik Patisson 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 what immediatly leads to desaster. Written by Antje Kuechler

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West Germany | France



Release Date:

5 November 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Girls in Uniform See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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30 July 2003 | by smoothhoney1265See all my reviews

Before watching "Mädchen in Uniform" I knew Romy Schneider only as "Sissi" and had absolutely no clue who Lilli Palmer was. First, I was suspicious: A German movie from the fifties? Should be another ridiculous comedy with a lot of colourful pictures and "funny" music. But what a surprise the drama was!

First of all: It was very courageous. If you think at the time the movie was shot in I find it courageus to make a drama about homosexuality and furthermore about a forbidden passion between a teacher and a student.

And then of course: Romy Schneider. In her young years she is best known for such ridiculous films as "Sissi" or "Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht". But "Mädchen in Uniform" is the most remarkable one. There she shows: I am much more and more serious than you think and I am not just a nice little girl always looking pretty, lovely and smiling into the camera. I think, after she made this movie it was clear that she would make a great career because she is a gifted, exceptional actress.

And of course Lilli Palmer: Beautiful, proud, very lady-like, elegant and full of seriousness but very young at the same time. I'm out of words if it comes to describing her talent. But I think, you all agree if I say that she is one of the greatest German actresses.

A great movie, definetely one of the most important German dramas od the fifties and always worth remembering and watching it over and over again. Besides: There is some good taste of humour in it.

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