Film Different from the Others (preceded by introduction, 51 min., 1919 )

Different from the Others © UCLA Film & Television Archive

Thu, 08/22/2019

San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Queer as German Folk Noon Film Series

Introduction and Q&A by Gerard Koskovich, queer public historian. With musical accompaniment by the Sascha Jacobsen Trio.

Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others) by Richard Oswald (co-written by Magnus Hirschfeld), starring famous German movie actors Conrad Veidt, Fritz Schulz and Reinhold Schünze, addresses the fatal effects of the law that made homosexuality a criminal offense. Anders als die Andern is known as the first gay film in cinema history. Conrad Veidt portrays Paul Körner, a successful violinist, who falls in love with one of his male students. A sleazy extortionist threatens to expose Körner as a homosexual. Flashbacks show us how Körner becomes aware of his orientation and first tries to change it, then comes to understand it. Körner and the extortionist end up in court. The judge is sympathetic to the violinist, but when the scandal becomes public, Körner's career is ruined and he commits suicide.