Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Gay Film and Theatre Arts, 1920s Berlin

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 08, 2011 4:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: gay culture, gay film, gay history, gay male history, gay theatre, LGBT history, Nazi, queer history

In the course of doing some research on libertine life in 1920s Berlin, Germany, I came across two small but very meaningful images. The first one, showing two gay sailors, was a banner that once hung on a theatre in the gay district. Second is a contemporary DVD cover for German director Richard Oswald's silent classic about a tormented love between gay men. It is beautiful and amazing to find this stuff, considering that the Nazis almost succeeded in eradicating all traces of the vibrant gay culture in 1920s Berlin.

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I'm so gonna look up that movie now. Wonder if it's on Netflix

I never would have thought there were gay themed films of the German silent era.