Different from the Others (Anders als die Andern)

… is a fascinating 1919 German film produced during the Weimar Republic, starring Conrad Veidt and Reinhold Schünzel, directed by Richard Oswald and shot by Max Fassbender.

It is generally considered to be the first gay film – its blackmail plot was later recycled for Victim (1961), starring Dirk Bogarde. Anders als die Andern was co-written by Richard Oswald and Magnus Hirschfeld, as a polemic against Germany’s Paragraph 175 law, which made homosexuality a criminal offense. Later the film was inevitably repressed by the Third Reich and many prints were burnt in the general purge of “decadent” art from 1933 onwards.