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The Einstein of Sex (1999)

Der Einstein des Sex (original title)
The life story of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a German Jew, who as a physician established the field of sexology, and fought militantly against German anti-sodomy laws in the late 19th century. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Kai Schumann ... Magnus Hirschfeld
Friedel von Wangenheim Friedel von Wangenheim ... Magnus Hirschfeld
Ben Becker ... Adolf Brand
Wolfgang Völz Wolfgang Völz ... Polizeipräsident
Otto Sander ... Prof. Steinach
Meret Becker ... Arbeiterin
Monika Hansen ... Gräfin
Gerd Lukas Storzer Gerd Lukas Storzer ... Baron von Teschenberg
Olaf Drauschke Olaf Drauschke ... Karl Giese
Tima die Göttliche Tima die Göttliche ... Dorchen
Gerry Wolff Gerry Wolff ... Onkel von Hirschfeld
Christa Pasemann Christa Pasemann ... Tante Gesche


The life story of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a German Jew, who as a physician established the field of sexology, and fought militantly against German anti-sodomy laws in the late 19th century. The script reveals main characters in Hirschfeld's life including impossible love interest Baron von Teschenberg, and Hirschfeld's aids- young Karl Giese and guardian angel, the transvestite Dorchen, as they establish the First Institute of Sexual Sciences in Berlin in 1920, and follows their struggles to keep it open, up to the rise of the Third Reich in the mid 1930s. Written by Gonz30

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Discover the Theory of Sexuality...Relatively Speaking.


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Polizeipräsident: What do you think of Dr.Hirschfeld?
Adolf Brand: A lonely man. As lonely as all heartbreakers.
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Different and interesting.
27 February 2001 | by raymond-15See all my reviews

This is a film that should be seen. It may shock, certainly, but it will enlighten and educate. It is also a part of German history. Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, a Jewish homosexual, set up an Institute in 1921 to research problems concerned with sexuality. This was an unexplored field. People from all over Europe consulted him about their own sexual problems, including the young Austrian Baron Hermann von Teschenberg who became his lover. In 1933 the Nazis destroyed the Institute of Sexual Science. Research papers and museum pieces were lost for ever. Male nudity in this film is acceptable because it is relevant to the subject. The museum is filled with phallic objects carved from ivory, penis protectors from Papua New Guinea, an intriguing masturbation contraption (which perhaps is the fore-runner of the modern vibrator), tattooed testicles belonging to the Chinese emperor's brother and other so-called "sinful objects". All this is portrayed in a clinical and straight forward manner. The good doctor is called upon to do surgery and one can get a bit squeamish when he goes to work on the transvestite Dorchen or the removal of a penis from a pleading hermaphrodite. It seemed to me it was executed with a very quick snip done under the most unhygienic conditions. Some of the other characters worthy of mention are the young Karl Giese (Hirschfeld's lover) who fights a losing battle to protect the Institute from the Nazi madness, and Adolph Brand an important gay right-wing writer who writes extravagant poetry about the physical beauty of German youth. Direrctor Rosa von Praunheim has done a magnificent job in bringing the life and work of Dr. Hirschfeld to the screen. It is a frank and honest approach and it is not without its little touches of humour. This film is worthy of attention. It's one of the most entertaining I've seen for a long time. How nice it is to see something very different. I rank it high on my list of favourites.

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