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BFI Flare presents: Mädchen in Uniform

Maidens in Uniform

This film achieved cult status with its all-female cast and its portrayal of a schoolgirl’s crush on her schoolmistress.

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Germany 1931
Dirs Leontine Sagan, Carl Froelich
With Hertha Thiele, Dorothea Wieck, Emilia Unda
83min
Video
English subtitles
Certificate PG

In a Prussian boarding school for girls, where everything is ‘verboten’, a vulnerable student develops a crush on a sympathetic schoolmistress. This terrific melodrama, with its all-female cast, really gets under the skin of young women’s friendships. Hertha Thiele’s luminous performance as the dreamy, passionate teenager was key to the film’s widespread success and its cult status in lesbian circles.

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