ReShape and the Cinema Museum are proud to present a rare screening of Mädchen in Uniform as part of The VITO Project, a series of free monthly screenings bringing generations of LGBTs together to provide an alternative space to mix, watch films and share ideas.
Mädchen in Uniform is a 1931 German feature-length film based on the play Gestern und heute (Yesterday and Today) by Christa Winsloe and directed by Leontine Sagan.
The film was groundbreaking in a number of ways: firstly for its all-female cast; secondly for its sympathetic portrayal of lesbian "pedagogical eros" and homoeroticism revolving around the passionate love of Manuela, a fourteen-year-old (Hertha Thiele) for her teacher (Dorothea Wieck); and thirdly for its co-operative and profit-sharing financial arrangements (although in practice these ultimately failed).
The film generated large amounts of fan mail to the stars from all over Germany and was considered a success throughout much of Europe.
Later, an alternate ending which subtly pandered to pro-Nazi ideals enabled continued screening in German cinemas, but eventually even this version of the film was banned as 'decadent' by the Nazi regime, which reportedly attempted to burn all of the existing prints. Sagan and many others associated with the film fled Germany soon after the banning. Many of the cast and crew were Jewish, and those who could not escape from Germany died in the camps.
Prints of the film survived the war, but was heavily censored until the 1970s. The film remains an international cult classic
The post-screening discussion will be led by Erica Carter, Professor of German and Film at King's College and leading member of the German Screen Studies Network and Muffin Hix, BFI Flare film Programmer and Fringe Queer Film and Arts Fest Organiser.
Doors to the cafe/bar will open at 6pm for a 7pm screening.
These screenings can get very busy so come in early to secure a place. We do not take bookings.
The event is free but donations are encouraged
All future showings in the series will be the last Wednesday of the month