To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the earliest surviving feature film about LGBT people, the Provincetown Film Society presents a special screening of the recently restored Different from the Others. Once feared lost, it’s believed to be the only gay-themed movie from Germany’s progressive Weimar era that survived destruction after Hitler took power. Writer Christopher Isherwood recounted screenings broken up by Nazis. Most of the estimated 40 prints of the film were believed to have been destroyed by the Nazis, however a surviving copy was located during the collapse of the Soviet Union and was later restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive. The Provincetown Film Society offered two screenings of the film earlier this year in Provincetown and it played to a sold-out houses with rave reviews.
Different from the Others (Anders als die Andern) tells a compelling story of secrecy and oppression that continues to play out in today’s world. The film stars Conrad Veidt (the somnambulist in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Colonel Strasser in Casablanca) as Paul Körner, a violinist whose romance with a talented male student is thwarted when a blackmailer threatens to expose the relationship and Körner’s homosexuality, then a crime under Germany’s notorious Paragraph 175. The story was co-written by Richard Oswald and Magnus Hirschfeld, who also had a small part in the film and partially funded the production through his Institute for Sexual Science. The film was intended as a polemic against the then-current laws under Germany’s Paragraph 175, which made homosexuality a criminal offense. It is believed to be the first pro-gay film in the world.
WIFVNE Member Blythe Robertson tells WIFVNE: “I’m co-chairing the event with the Provincetown Film Society because I believe in their mission as an advocate for diverse representation in film, with programming and platforms that allow voices of all kinds to be heard. At the Different from the Others event, guests can expect a moving experiential evening. As the historic film screens, musician and composer Billy Hough, who has composed an original score and will perform it live, along with a chorale ensemble led by Grammy-winning tenor, Jason McToots. We’ll also have a Q&A after the screening, then capping off the night with more music from Billy Hough.”
Well-known Provincetown musician Billy Hough will perform an original score for the silent film with the collaboration of a vocal ensemble including Grammy-winning tenor Jason McStoots. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion about the historic significance of the film which will include noted Harvard University Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Michael Bronski. The evening will conclude with an additional music performance by Billy Hough and Jason McStoots.
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Thursday, December 5 at 7pm at the Strand Theater
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Join WIFVNE Member Blythe Robertson at this event! General Admission tickets are $25 per person. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $75 and include a reception featuring the different flavors and tastings of Dorchester, preferred seating at the Strand Theatre and a meet & greet with Billy Hough. The VIP Event begins at 5:30 pm. A portion of the proceeds from the screening will benefit The Provincetown Film Society and The Trevor Project.