PIONEERS OF QUEER CINEMA

Starts June 12

These classics of early queer cinema, all way ahead of their time, come to the Roxie Virtual Cinema via Kino Marquee for Pride Month in gorgeous new restorations. See all three for $15 and you’ll have 10 days to watch. Or pick and choose below and you’ll have five days to watch. Either way, your purchase will support your local theater!


Mädchen in Uniform

“Beautifully crafted and performed, evocatively lit, and sensitively directed. A landmark film in the evolution of Queer cinema.” – Jason Wood, BBC

two women looking into each others eyes in love

This artfully composed milestone of lesbian cinema – and an important anti-fascist film – was the first of just three films directed by Leontine Sagan. At an all-girls boarding school, new student Manuela and compassionate teacher Fräulein von Bernburg have a passionate and illicit romance.

Directed by Leontine Sagan. In German with English subtitles. Germany. 1931


Michael

Michael is perhaps Dreyer’s first masterpiece, assured, reticent, and radiant.” – Tom Milne, The Films of Carl Dreyer

two people holding up a small nude female statue and gazing into each others eyes

Danish film master Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Michael is a mature and visually elegant period romance decades ahead of its time. Michael takes its place alongside Dreyer’s better known masterpieces as an unusually sensitive and decorous work of art and is one of the earliest and most compassionate overtly gay-themed films in movie history. Collaborating with famed German cinematographers Karl Freund (MetropolisThe Last Laugh) and Rudolph Maté (Passion of Joan of ArcDOAMichael offers the first fully realized example of Dreyer’s emotionally precise, visually extravagant style that would be perfected in his subsequent masterworks such as Joan of Arc and Ordet.

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer. German intertitles with English subtitles. Germany. 1924.


Victor and Victoria

“An impressive blast of Weimar decadence…As the inevitable romantic complications ensue, what emerges is a movie with surprisingly tangled gender politics and a melancholy sense of romance, crossed with lively, creative musical numbers.” – Bilge Ebiri, Vulture New York

two people wearing vintage tuxedos and smiling at one another

In this dazzling musical romance, a young woman (Renate Müller), unable to find work as a music hall singer, partners with a down-and-out thespian (Hermann Thimig) to revamp her act. Pretending to be a man performing in drag, Victoria becomes the toast of the international stage. But she soon finds that her playful bending of genders enmeshes her personal and professional life in a tangle of unexpected complications. Produced in the final days of the Weimar Republic, Victor and Victoria received limited exposure in the United States, and is today best known by Blake Edwards’s 1982 remake and the 1995 Broadway production. Viewers will be delighted to discover that the original is every bit as charming and outrageous, reminiscent of the sly sex comedies of Ernst Lubitsch and Billy Wilder.

Directed by Reinhold Schünzel. In German with English subtitles. Germany. 1933.