Released in 1919, during the time of Germany's Weimar Republic, Others was revolutionary in its sympathetic portrayal of a gay violinist and his relationship with a young protege.
Highly controversial, the silent film was cowritten by a pioneering LGBT activist, Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld, and openly criticized a German law, Paragraph 175, which criminalized homosexuality. Its subject matter sparked censorship laws that closed the door to LGBT cinema for half a century.
The silent movie will screen this weekend in 35-millimeter film with accompaniment from pianist Steve Sterner. A panel on its significance will follow, featuring speakers Rob Epstein (The Times of Harvey Milk, The Celluloid Closet), Noah Isenberg, journalist Manuel Betancourt; and the Museum of Modern Art's Ashley Swinnerton.