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Paragraph 175 (2000)

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Rupert Everett ... Narrator (voice)
Klaus Müller Klaus Müller ... Himself - Historian
Karl Gorath Karl Gorath ... Himself
Pierre Seel Pierre Seel ... Himself
Heinz F. Heinz F. ... Himself
Annette Eick Annette Eick ... Herself
Albrecht Becker Albrecht Becker ... Himself
Gad Beck Gad Beck ... Himself
Heinz Dörmer Heinz Dörmer ... Himself
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Storyline

By the 1920's, Berlin had become known as a homosexual eden, where gay men and lesbians lived relatively open lives amidst an exciting subculture of artists and intellectuals. With the coming to power of the Nazis, all this changed. Between 1933 and 1945 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Of the latter, only about 4,000 survived. Today, fewer than ten of these men are known to be living. Five of them have now come forward to tell their stories for the first time in this powerful new film. The Nazi persecution of homosexuals may be the last untold story of the Third Reich. Paragraph 175 fills a crucial gap in the historical record, and reveals the lasting consequences of this hidden chapter of 20th century history, as told through personal stories of men and women who lived through it: the half Jewish gay resistance fighter who ... Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Telling Pictures

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Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

7 February 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

175. Madde See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,007, 17 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$65,719, 24 September 2000
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Trivia

"An unnatural sex act committed between persons of the male sex or by humans with animals is punishable by imprisonment; the loss of civil rights may also be imposed." (Paragraph 175, German Penal Code, 1871) See more »

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Features Morocco (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5
Written by Gustav Mahler
Performed by the D.R. SymfoniOrkestret (as Danish National Radio Orchestra)
Conducted by Leif Segerstam
Courtesy of C.F. Peters - Musikverlag and Chandos Records Ltd.
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Harrowing look at persecution
27 August 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The golden days of decadent Berlin came to a bloody halt when Hitler's regime took over Germany in the early 1930s and gay men were brought down by simple innuendo and gossip (lesbianism was considered curable, but male homosexuality was "catching"). Early talk of homosexuality in Hitler's ranks precipitated the reinsertion of Paragraph 175, an old anti-sodomy law from the late 1800s, and gays were branded with the lowly Pink Triangle. Forceful documentary on a little talked-about chapter of history has just a handful of elderly witnesses but a superlative presentation of personally-shot footage mixed with telling photographs. Some of the recollections are haunting; the doomed come back to life in these harrowing stories. *** from ****


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