Sunday, February 10, 2013

Different from the Others

1919 German Feature
Alternate Title: Anders als die Andern

Cast: Conrad Veidt, Fritz Schulz, Reinhold Schünzel, Anita Berber, Magnus Hirschfeld and Karl Giese
Director: Richard Oswald
Writers: Richard Oswald and Magnus Hirschfeld

When a violinist falls in love with one of his students, a blackmailer threatens to expose his secret.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 60%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD: Available

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  • Generally regarded as one of the first sympathetic portrayals of homosexuality in film; Paul Körner, the role played by Conrad Veidt, is also generally acknowledged as the first homosexual lead film character.
  • The first film to use the word "homosexual".
  • Famed gay sexologist Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld not only co-wrote the screenplay and had a small role in it, he also partially funded the production through his Institute for Sexual Science, with the aim of presenting the story as a polemic against the then-current laws under Germany's Paragraph 175, which made homosexuality a criminal offense.
  • Censorship laws enacted in reaction to films like Different from the Others eventually restricted viewing of this movie to doctors and medical researchers, and prints of the film were among the many "decadent" works burned by the Nazis after they came to power in 1933. Only one incomplete print survived.

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