Film The Einstein of Sex: Life and Work of Dr. M. Hirschfeld (100 min., 1999)

The Einstein of Sex: Life and Work of Dr. M. Hirschfeld © UCLA Film & Television Archive

Thu, 08/15/2019

San Francisco Public Library, Main Branch

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Queer as German Folk Noon Film Series

Rosa von Praunheim's film is dedicated to the father of the world’s first gay movement, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, the founder of sexology in Berlin at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1897, Hirschfeld established the first gay political group in history. The film portrays three of Hirschfeld's closest friends: Baron Hermann von Teschenberg, Karl Giese and Dorchen (a transsexual). They establish the first Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (Science of Sex) in Berlin in 1919 and try to keep the institute open during the rise of the Third Reich in the early 1930s.
Cast with German movie stars, such as Otto Sander, Ben and Meret Becker, and political activist queers of 1980s Berlin, the biographical film takes us right to the beginning of European Modernism.

Rosa von Praunheim is a German film director, author, painter and the most famous gay rights activist in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In over 50 years, von Praunheim made more than 150 films (short and feature length films).