Pioneers of Queer Cinema
Celebrate Pride Month with this newly restored trio of classics from the early days of queer cinema, each far ahead of its time. Rent each film separately, or purchase a pass for all three for $15.00!
Victor and Victoria (Reinhold Schünzel, 1933)
Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, this dazzling, gender-bending musical romance about a female singer posing as a man performing in drag received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards’s 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder.
Mädchen in Uniform (Leontine Sagan and Carl Froelich, 1931)
As a new student at an all-girls boarding school, Manuela falls in love with the compassionate teacher Fräulein von Bernburg, and her feelings are requited. Experiencing her first love, lonely Manuela also discovers the complexities that come with an illicit romance. This artfully composed landmark of lesbian cinema – and an important anti-fascist film – was the first of just three films directed by Leontine Sagan.
Michael (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1924)
Danish film master Carl Theodor Dreyer’s homoerotic classic is a mature and visually elegant period romance decades ahead of its time. Michael takes its place alongside Dreyer’s better known masterpieces as an unusually sensitive and decorous work of art and is one of the earliest and most compassionate overtly gay-themed films in movie history.
1924. 280 minutes. Silent. NR.
Victor and Victoria
“Beautifully crafted and performed, evocatively lit, and sensitively directed. A landmark film in the evolution of Queer cinema.”
Mädchen in Uniform
“A moving portrait of burgeoning sapphic desire, rendered with great technical skill.”
“Perhaps Dreyer’s first masterpiece, assured, reticent, and radiant.”
Michael – $7.00 (5 day streaming period)
Mädchen in Uniform – $8.00 (5 day streaming period)
Victor and Victoria – $7.00 (5 day streaming period)
All three titles – $15.00 (10 day streaming period)
This Film Supports the Theater!
This film is being provided by our friends at Kino Lorber. 50% of the ticket proceeds will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation!