Maedchen In Uniform

  • 1931
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Late Weimar Germany produced a number of fine anti-authoritarian films, perhaps the best of which was MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM, the story of a girl's struggles within the rigid discipline of a boarding school for daughters of poor military officers. New student Manuela (Thiele) is homesick, introspective, and alienated. The headmistress (Unda) disapproves of...read more

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Late Weimar Germany produced a number of fine anti-authoritarian films, perhaps the best of which was MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM, the story of a girl's struggles within the rigid discipline of a boarding school for daughters of poor military officers. New student Manuela (Thiele) is homesick,

introspective, and alienated. The headmistress (Unda) disapproves of such individualism, and rules her students with the proto-Nazi dictum: "Through discipline and hunger, hunger and discipline, we shall rise again." Manuela becomes attached to one teacher (Wieck), who sees in the sensitive new

student a reflection of her former, nonconformist self. But Manuela's dependence on her mentor grows into obsessive love, testing the headmistress' tolerance.

Though MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM's symbolism can seem heavy-handed (like Murnau's THE LAST LAUGH, it invests much in the uniform as an image of German social consciousness), this film displays remarkable emotional, narrative, and visual assurance. It is particularly insightful in its treatment of female

bonding, lesbian love, and the perverse interplay of sexuality and power. Written (by Christa Winsloe and F.D. Andam, from the former's play) and directed (Leontine Sagan) by women, with an all-female cast, MAEDCHEN IN UNIFORM suggested for future generations of aspiring women filmmakers the

cinematic potential of a woman's point of view.

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