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Different From The Others Review


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In the dialogue of the German film Different from the Others we find this line: "Love for one's own sex can be just as pure and noble as that for the opposite sex. This orientation is to be found among many respectable people in all levels of society." Today, years after even Tinky-Winky has been outed, there's nothing very shocking in that sentiment. The big surprise comes when you learn the year of the film's release: 1919.

That was a long time ago; Tinky-Winky would be in the closet for another 80-some years. Kino, distributors of the new DVD release of Different from the Others, makes the case that the film was the first to address the issue of homosexuality head-on - and to do so compassionately, no less - and it's hard to imagine that they're wrong.

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