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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

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