The first feature film to address the issue of gay rights, the German silent Anders als die Andern (Different from the Others) features Conrad Veidt (before he became a huge star) as a violinist in love with his pupil. The story has everything from family disapproval and true love to blackmail and suicide. It even features early gay researcher and activist Magnus Hirschfeld in the role of a sympathetic therapist – Hirschfeld and his Institut für Sexualwissenschaft even helped fund the movie, which included a plea to drop the anti-gay Paragraph 175 from the German laws.
The movie, which was directed by Richard Oswald, was eventually censored with only doctors and medical professionals allowed to see it, until the Nazis came into power in 1933 and prints of the movie were burned along with other “decadent” art, literature and films. The 1961 film Victim is essentially a remake.