Different From The Others
East Coast Premiere
35mm restored print courtesy of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project
Presented with live musical accompaniment and a panel discussion about the film’s place in history
In partnership with Queer/Art/Film and the Goethe-Institut New York
Dir: Richard Oswald, Germany, 1919, 54 mins, In German with English subtitles
Banned by censors and burned by the Nazis, it is a marvel that DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHERS, cinema’s first overt depiction of gay life, exists today. After a six-year restoration process, during which archivists consulted censorship records, the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project has constructed the most complete and accurate version of the film since its initial release almost a century ago. Co-written by famed sexologist and pioneering LGBT activist Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, the film offers a sympathetic and devastating look at gay life in Germany under Paragraph 175, the law criminalizing homosexuality. Conrad Veidt portrays Kurt, a virtuoso violinist who falls in love with a male student. When an extortionist threatens him, Paul must out himself and face the social and legal consequences. Presented on 35mm film with piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner, this screening is critical for those who seek a full understanding of LGBT film history.
Writers: Magnus Hirschfeld, Richard Oswald Cast: Conrad Veidt, Fritz Schulz, Karl Giese
The screening will be followed by an extended post-screening panel on the film’s significance in the queer cinema canon with guests that include Two-Time Academy Award Winning director Rob Epstein (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, COMMON THREADS, THE CELLULOID CLOSET); Noah Isenberg, Professor of Culture and Media at the New School’s Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts; film journalist Manuel Betancourt; and Ashley Swinnerton, Collection Specialist, Department of Film at MoMA.