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Thirst: Female Desire on Screen

Mädchen in Uniform

Maidens in Uniform

This suggestive early talkie from Germany is a landmark in queer cinema history.

Image from Mädchen in Uniform

Germany 1931
Dirs Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich
With Hertha Thiele, Dorothea Wieck, Emilia Unda
English subtitles
Certificate PG

Directed by the remarkable proto-feminist director Leontine Sagan, Mädchen in Uniform might be ground zero for lesbian films. With its all-female cast and first depiction of a lesbian kiss, the film was later banned by the Nazis for ‘decadence’. Even with age, it’s still a remarkable and radical document, setting a forbidden student-teacher love against the suggestive backdrop of a girls’ boarding school.

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