The film was intended as a polemic against the then-current laws under Germany's Paragraph , which made homosexuality a criminal offense. Director Richard Oswald later became a director of more mainstream films, as did his son Gerd. Veidt became a major film star the year after Anders was released, in The Cabinet of Dr. Anders als die Andern is one of the first sympathetic portrayals of homosexuals in cinema. Censorship laws enacted in reaction to films like Anders als die Andern eventually restricted viewing of this movie to doctors and medical researchers, and prints of the film were among the many "decadent" works burned by the Nazis after they came to power in
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Conrad Veidt, breaking arms with one sweep of his eyelashes since He had an extremely intellectual face. Above all, he was not handsome in the usual sense, only his eyes were beautiful and deeply sad. But he was interesting and whoever saw him would never forget his face. Should we be worried? I never would have thunk it.
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The theory places homosexuality within a broad spectrum comprising heterosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, and transvestism a word invented by Hirschfeld. The film was initially shipped in 40 copies throughout Germany and the Netherlands by Oswald, and it was shown for nearly a year before the authorities stepped in and banned public screenings, allowing it to be shown only to doctors and lawyers. The Nazis destroyed the majority of the prints and only one copy of the film is known to exist.
Conrad Veidt attended the Sophiengymnasium secondary school in the Schoeneberg district of Berlin, and graduated without a diploma in , last in his class of Conrad liked animals, theater, cinema, fast cars, pastries, thunderstorms, gardening, swimming and golfing. He disliked heights, flying, the number 17, wearing ties, pudding and interviews. A star of early German cinema, he became a sensation in with his role as the murderous somnambulist Cesare in Robert Wiene 's masterpiece The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari