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, Rovi


Emilia Unda
as The Principal
Dorothea Wieck
as Fraulein Von Bernburg
Hedwig Schlichter
as Fraulein Von Kesten
Hertha Thiele
as Manuela Von Meinhardie
Ellen Schwannecke
as Ilse von Westhagen
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Critic Reviews for Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform)

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The plot mechanics are predictable, but the atmosphere and sensitivity to teenage fears are not: stage actress Leontine Sagan brings an exceptionally warm touch to her depiction of female friendships.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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It is a beautiful, tender, and really artistic cinematic work.

Jan 28, 2006 | Full Review…

Based on a play by Christa Winsloe, performed by an all-woman cast, independently made, and cooperatively financed, this was one of the few genuine women's films of the 30s.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A sincere, distinguished, and moving piece of work.

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

[Dorthea] Wieck shines... [Full Review in Spanish]

May 22, 2018 | Full Review…

This landmark in gay cinema may no longer scandalise. But it remains a touching love story.

May 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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
Stella Dallas

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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
Cindy I

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