Mädchen in Uniform April 20 @ Crocker Art Museum

Mädchen in Uniform (1931) – Leontine Sagan
Directed by Leontine Sagan, one of the first female directors in Europe, Mädchen in Uniform is a pioneeringly naturalistic portrayal of young female psyche at a time when the world was bracing for war. Drawing on elements prevalent in German Expressionist film like chiaroscuro, thought provoking mise-en-scene and very deliberate narrative pacing, Sagan’s classic of queer filmmaking tells the story of Manuela and her experiences as a new boarder at an all-girls boarding school headed by the overbearing Fräulein von Nordeck zur Nidden. Made at the height of liberal Weimar decadence, Mädchen in Uniform occupies a moment in German cinema between the dramatic, expressive works of filmmakers like Robert Wiene and the formalist propaganda films, like Leni Riefenstahl’s Nazi party documentary Triumph of the Will, that would follow.
German Expressionism On Film

Inspired by A Graphic Art: German Expressionist Prints from the McNay Art Museum and the Bronston Collection, the Crocker’s spring film series presents some of the finest examples of post-World War I and Weimar Era filmmaking with a mashup of cult classics, experimental endeavors, and unexpected surprises. This series for art and film lovers alike is curated by University of California, Davis professor Kirsten Harjes, who specializes in German culture and film, and it has a bit of everything: art, politics, and pioneering filmmaking.

Join us at 5:30 PM for a guided Reel Tour, highlighting the German Expressionist works on view in A Graphic Art.


Event Details

YEAR: 1930



Language: German, with English subtitles
Run Time: 88 Minutes


DIRECTOR(S): Leotine Sagan



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