Rent Mädchen in Uniform (1931)

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1h 29min
Rent Mädchen in Uniform (aka Mädchen in Uniform / Girls in Uniform) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
After the death of her mother, sensitive teenager Manuela (Hertha Thiele) is sent off to a strict Prussian boarding school and encounters sympathetic teacher Fraulein von Bernburg (Dorothea Wieck). But when Manuela's fondness for her teacher turns into a romantic attachment, it becomes a school-wide scandal. Based on a play by Christa Winsloe and directed by Leontine Sagan, 'Madchen in Uniform' is an undisputed landmark of queer cinema and a key film of the Weimar era that also carries a potent anti-fascist message.
Actors:
, , Emilia Unda, Hedy Krilla, Ellen Schwanneke, Lene Berdolt, Erika Biebrach, Margory Bodker, Gertrud de Lalsky, , Marte Hein, , , Barbara Pirk, , Lisi Scheerbach, , Ilse Vigdor, Annemarie von Rochhausen, Ilse Winter
Directors:
,
Producers:
Carl Froelich, Friedrich Pflughaupt
Writers:
Christa Winsloe, Friedrich Dammann, Colette
Others:
Leontine Sagan
Aka:
Mädchen in Uniform / Girls in Uniform
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
Collections:
A Brief History of Lesbian Cinema, The Instant Expert's Guide to: Charles Crichton, Top 10 Screen Kisses (1896-1979)
Countries:
Germany
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/03/2021
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.19:1
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Feature commentary by film historian Jenni Olson (2020)
  • Women and Sexuality in Weimar Cinema (2021, 13 mins): a new video essay by film critic Chrystel Oloukoi
  • The Kiss - The Women Who Made a Movie Masterpiece (2020, 103 mins, audio, selected episodes): writer and journalist Bibi Berki discusses the production history of 'Madchen in Uniform' and the exceptional women who made it
  • How to Be a Woman: a selection of treasures from the BFI National Archive, including 'Tilly' and the 'Fire Engines' (1911, 3 mins), 'Hints and Hobbies No.11' - 'Hints to the Ladies on Jiu-Jitsu' (1926, 4 mins), 'Day at St. Christopher's College and School' (c1920's, 19 mins), '4 and 20 Fit Girls' (1940, 11 mins)
BBFC:
Release Date:
08/03/2021
Run Time:
89 minutes
Languages:
German LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.19:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Feature commentary by film historian Jenni Olson (2020)
  • Women and Sexuality in Weimar Cinema (2021, 13 mins): a new video essay by film critic Chrystel Oloukoi
  • The Kiss - The Women Who Made a Movie Masterpiece (2020, 103 mins, audio, selected episodes): writer and journalist Bibi Berki discusses the production history of 'Madchen in Uniform' and the exceptional women who made it
  • How to Be a Woman: a selection of treasures from the BFI National Archive, including 'Tilly' and the 'Fire Engines' (1911, 3 mins), 'Hints and Hobbies No.11' - 'Hints to the Ladies on Jiu-Jitsu' (1926, 4 mins), 'Day at St. Christopher's College and School' (c1920's, 19 mins), '4 and 20 Fit Girls' (1940, 11 mins)

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Reviews (1) of Mädchen in Uniform

Deserves ten stars! - Mädchen in Uniform review by TE

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29/04/2021

This disc is a real triumph by the BFI.

'Madchen in Uniform' is one of the key cultural moments in the short period of liberation and creativity that spanned the Weimar Republic years in Germany. The film is both a bold venture into the nuances of Lesbian love, and a robust statement against the evils of authoritarianism.

The entire cast is female and the lively solidarity of the boarding-school girls gives the film an inspiring energy.

The architecture of the school itself is also one of the star turns, especially the soaring angles of the central staircase.

The black-and-white print is high quality, given that the film was made in 1931, and the play of light and shadow enhances the narrative throughout.

The disc contains some excellent extras, all of which reveal fascinating aspects of the film, its genesis and its reception. The BFI have also added four short films that make for hilarious and sobering viewing in terms of attitudes towards women in the mid-20th century.

However, the real star of this brilliant disc is the wonderful main feature itself.

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