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Fri, 22 Jul


Watershed, Bristol

UK Premiere: Gesetze der Liebe (1927): South West Silents

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UK Premiere: Gesetze der Liebe (1927): South West Silents
UK Premiere: Gesetze der Liebe (1927): South West Silents

Time & Location

22 Jul 2022, 13:40

Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK

About the Event

Part of Cinema Rediscovered 2022: 

Painstakingly restored by the Munich Film Museum, Laws Of Love (Gesetze der Liebe) is structured as a series of lectures from pioneering scientist and sexologist Magnus Hirschfeld.

Hirschfeld founded the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee (SHC), which deployed scientific theories of human sexuality to advocate for the recognition of LGBTQ+ people, and campaigned against their legal persecution.

Gesetze der Liebe grew out of Hirschfeld’s first foray into film – the path-breaking gay rights fiction feature Different from the Others (Anders als die Andern, 1919), which Hirschfeld co-wrote and which he appears as himself, delivering some of the lecture material later transferred into Laws of Love.

Through the lectures, Hirschfeld explores the prevalence of non-heteronormative behaviour in the natural world, to expose the injustice of Paragraph 175 – Germany’s anti-sodomy penal code at the time. The film is considered to be an influential example of the ‘enlightenment film’ trend that was popular throughout Weimar-era Germany.

Presented in partnership with Queer Vision.

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