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Paragraph 175 (2000)

Historian Klaus Müller interviews survivors of the Nazi persecution of homosexuals because of the German Penal Code of 1871, Paragraph 175.

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Sharon Wood

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Cast

Cast overview:
Rupert Everett ... Narrator (voice)
Klaus Müller Klaus Müller ... Himself - Historian
Karl Gorath Karl Gorath ... Himself
Pierre Seel Pierre Seel ... Himself
Heinz F. Heinz F. ... Himself
Annette Eick Annette Eick ... Herself
Albrecht Becker Albrecht Becker ... Himself
Gad Beck Gad Beck ... Himself
Heinz Dörmer Heinz Dörmer ... Himself
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By the 1920's, Berlin had become known as a homosexual eden, where gay men and lesbians lived relatively open lives amidst an exciting subculture of artists and intellectuals. With the coming to power of the Nazis, all this changed. Between 1933 and 1945 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Some were imprisoned, others were sent to concentration camps. Of the latter, only about 4,000 survived. Today, fewer than ten of these men are known to be living. Five of them have now come forward to tell their stories for the first time in this powerful new film. The Nazi persecution of homosexuals may be the last untold story of the Third Reich. Paragraph 175 fills a crucial gap in the historical record, and reveals the lasting consequences of this hidden chapter of 20th century history, as told through personal stories of men and women who lived through it: the half Jewish gay resistance fighter who ... Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

Telling Pictures

Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

7 February 2002 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

175. Madde See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,007, 17 September 2000

Gross USA:

$96,630

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$99,655
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Sound Mix:

Dolby
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Trivia

From 1935 to 1945, the Gestapo were authorized to arrest and imprison suspected offenders of Paragraph 175. Several of the imprisoned suspects had either never received a formal trial, or had previously been acquitted in court. See more »

Connections

Features Morocco (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Falling in Love Again
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Accordian solo by Carter Burwell
Courtesy of BMG Music
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moving and powerful
5 January 2006 | by jasonghaysSee all my reviews

This film is fantastic. What a powerful 80 minutes of film. It was so informative and emotional without shoving anything down your throat. The way the delicate and sensitive subject matters were handled was graceful and respectful. Kudos.

It made me feel angry, sad, and compassion for the people that are struggling to voice their stories without making a fiasco out of what happened to them.

Like so many other documentaries, this one did not try and play with my emotion with overly sappy music or editing. It was simple and precise. The music was haunting and had the perfect mood for the piece. The interviews were not overly edited for dramatic effect, but were simple and honest.

I watched it twice. Cried both times. And I feel more educated and compassionate for renting this great film.


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