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One of the Boys: The Smug, Patriarchal Undertones of Anders als die Andern (1919)

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Modern audiences and critics are fascinated by Anders als die Andern (1919), widely considered the first feature film to focus on a homosexual relationship. The film is as exceptional for its progressive plot as it is for its miraculous survival ‐ a large fragment of the film survived because it was hidden from the Nazis within another film. Even so, upon closer examination, it is clear that there are many misogynistic aspects of Anders that mirror elements and themes found in other Weimar films. While Anders is certainly novel in its queer subject matter, the film remains profoundly influenced by the patriarchal forces that dominated Weimar culture.

Keywords: Weimar film; gay misogyny; homosexuality; patriarchy; queer film; silent era

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2021

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