Director: Richard Oswald, Screenplay: Magnus Hirschfeld, 51 min., Germany 1919.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Through Knowledge to Justice: The Sexual World of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld” at the GLBT History Museum in San Francisco (running through December), we are showing one of the first gay-themed feature in the history of cinema.
A 1919 silent movie directed by Richard Oswald and written by Magnus Hirschfeld, “Different from the Others” is a drama about a gay victim of blackmail played by the great actor Conrad Veidt. The film includes a cameo by Hirschfeld, who appears in the role of “the sexologist.”
"Different from the Others" was banned at the time of its release, later burned by the Nazis and was believed lost for over forty years. Using newly discovered film segments, still photos and censorship documents from various archives, the Filmmuseum Muenchen resurrected this truly groundbreaking silent film in 2004.
Exhibition curator Gerard Koskovich will introduce the screening.
Film courtesy of Filmmuseum München.