Mädchen in Uniform (1931)
Updated: Oct 16, 2020
TW: Abuse, Pedophilia, Suicide
Worth Watching? Yes
Bechdel Test? Pass
Race Bechdel Test? Fail
Major LGBT Tropes: Ambiguously Gay, Ambiguously Bi, Even The Girls Want Her, Gayngst-Induced Suicide, Situational Sexuality
Synopsis (from imdb): At an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with a teacher, to terrific consequences.
My Thoughts: The relationship between Manuela and Governess Fräulein von Bernburg is problematic, and that is incredibly disappointing for the first movie to portray a romantic kiss between two women. I tried to keep in mind that Dorothea Weick and Hertha Thiele were the same age and appreciate the kiss as groundbreaking, but the nature of their relationship is troubling. I still consider this film worth a watch, troublesome as the age gap was. This was 100 years ago, after all.
Interesting Side Notes: There are NO MEN in this movie and it is based on a true story.
Queer Body Count: 0
Straight Body Count: 0
Total Queer Body Count: 1 (20%)
Total Straight Body Count: 1 (7%)
Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 0
Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 0
Total Queer Sexual Violence Victim Count: 2 (40%)
Total Straight Sexual Violence Victim Count: 0