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Girls in Uniform

Country: Germany, Language: German, 88 mins

  • Director: Leontine Sagan; Carl Froelich
  • Writer: Christa Winsloe; Friedrich Dammann
  • Producer: Carl Froelich; Friedrich Pflughaupt

CGiii Comment

It definitely has a place in cinematic history.

It is remarkable that it has survived...due to when and where it was made.

Much can be written about this piece - anyone serious about CGiii has to watch it...to see how far the lesbian film industry has not travelled.


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The(ir) Blurb...

Starring an all-female cast, Mädchen in Uniform is an enduring classic of lesbian cinema. Manuela, a sensitive new arrival at a school for the daughters of military officers, falls hopelessly in love with a charismatic teacher, Fräulein von Bernburg, eliciting the wrath of the headmistress, pitiless martinet Fräulein von Nordeck zur Nidden. Made on the eve of Nazi ascendance, the film stands as a nuanced parable of authoritarianism, yet it’s also a moving portrait of burgeoning sapphic desire, rendered with great technical skill. “With this work the pre-war German sound film reached its highest level,” the film historian Lotte Eisner observed. “Leontine Sagan, a stage-actress, directed the dialogue admirably. She brings out the unselfconscious naïvety of the boarders’ confidences whispered across the dormitory, and the flush of love trembling in the cracked voice of the adolescent.”

Cast & Characters

Hertha Thiele as Manuela von Meinhardis;
Dorothea Wieck as Erzieherin Fraulein von Bernburg;
Emilia Unda as Fraulein von Nordeck zur Nidden - Oberin;
Gertrud de Lalsky as Exzellenz von Ehrenhardt - Manuelas Tante;
Marte Hein as Anstaltsprotektorin;
Hedwig Schlichter as Erzieherin Fraulein von Kesten;
Lene Berdolt as Erzieherin Fraulein von Gaerschner;
Lisi Scheerbach as Erzieherin Mademoiselle Qeuillet;
Margory Bodker as Erzieherin Miss Evans;
Erika Mann as Erzieherin Fraulein von Atems;
Else Ehser as Gardrobiere Elise;
Ellen Schwanneke as Ilse von Westhagen;
Ilse Winter as Marga von Rasso;
Charlotte Witthauer as Ilse von Treischke;
Erika Biebrach as Lilli von Kattner