Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform) (1931) - Rotten Tomatoes

Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform) (1931)

Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform)




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Inspired by Christa Winsloe's play Gestern und Heute, Maedchen in Uniform is one of the most memorable and moving of the pre-Hitler German talkies. Hertha Thiele plays a new student in an exclusive girls' boarding school. Achingly lonely because she feels deserted by her family, Hertha keeps her distance from the rest of the girls. Persecuted for her solitary stance by principal Emilia Unda, Hertha is drawn to her sympathetic teacher Dorothea Wieck. What starts as a friendship blossoms into a romance. While public revelation of this relationship proves disastrous to both student and teacher, it is ultimately the unforgiving principal Unda who suffers most. Maedchen in Uniform was antiseptically remade in 1958, with some of the frankness but little of the honest eroticism of the original. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Christa Winsloe, Friedrich Dammann
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Emilia Unda
as The Principal
Dorothea Wieck
as Fraulein Von Bernbur...
Hedwig Schlichter
as Fraulein Von Kesten
Hertha Thiele
as Manuela Von Meinhard...
Ellen Schwannecke
as Ilse von Westhagen
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Critic Reviews for Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Decades later, Sagan's German anti-authoritarian tale is still the most significant and provocative lesbian-themed film made.

Full Review… | June 17, 2012

A classic. See it.

July 1, 2005

Its content is still provocative.

Full Review… | June 12, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform)

it's a touching and lovely film and not as explicit as it's reputation might suggest tho it's historical importance probably cannot be overstated. it can be seen on youtube starting here: http://youtu.be/duXOgKt0qO0

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

This film is not about sex among lesbian schoolgirls. No "hot girl on girl action". It's a touching story of a lonely teenage girl who develops a crush on her older female teacher. Very well-made, as most 1930s German films are, IMHO. Haven't seen it in years, and when/if I get to see it again, I'll write a more complete review.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


Wow, so boarding schools have been getting a horrendous rap on film as early as the '30s. What precisely does cinema have against pleated skirts and sweater vests?

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