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Mädchen in Uniform

1931, Leontine Sagan, Germany, 87 min.
With Hertha Thiele, Dorothea Wieck

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 3rd 6:15pm
  • Mon, Jan 6th 7:45pm
  • Thu, Jan 9th 6:00pm
New restoration!

"The first truly radical lesbian film."—B. Ruby Rich, Jump Cut

"Still fascinating to watch, partly because of the startlingly forthright way in which it deals with sexuality and partly because it happens to be an engrossing story that has been expertly presented by director Leontine Sagan and beautifully acted by Thiele and Wieck...Funny—the first must-see film experience of the 2020s turns out to be an offering from 1931."—Peter Sobczynski, eFilmCritic.com

Long out of circulation and unavailable on video, MÄDCHEN IN UNIFORM is a landmark of feminist cinema, queer cinema, political cinema, and late Weimar-era German cinema. Based on a successful play by lesbian author Christa Winsloe and featuring an all-female cast, the film begins with the arrival of "overly sensitive" 14-year-old Manuela (23-year-old Thiele in a remarkably sensual performance) at an authoritarian Prussian boarding school where the girls' pubescent yearnings are channeled into a collective crush on the popular teacher Fräulein von Bernburg (Wieck). Manuela's passion for the strict but loving schoolmistress quickly escalates beyond the level of a harmless crush, threatening the school's delicate balance of repression and indulgence. Beyond its historical importance, MÄDCHEN holds up as an provocative drama of considerable charm and erotic tension—the scene in which Fräulein von Bernburg bestows a ritual bedtime kiss on her breathless charges is especially beguiling. In German with English subtitles. New 2K DCP digital restoration. (MR)

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