Primanerliebe (1927)

Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - Germany  |  
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Primanerliebe was the first of director Robert Land's films to gain a release in the United States. The title translates as Student's Love, which also neatly sums up the plotline. Hero Rolf is a boarding-school student who falls in love with Ellen, the headmaster's daughter. The school is a particularly strict and severe one, with at least one student driven to suicide by the tyranny of the teachers. Rolf gets himself in dutch with the authorities by penning a fervent anti-war essay. Expelled from school, Rolf is averse to returning home, knowing full well that his sadistic uncle will punish him mercilessly. Instead, he follows the lead of his classmate by contemplating suicide, pausing long enough to bid farewell to Ellen. Upon calling on the girl, he finds that she is being manhandled by a rapacious opera singer. Drawing the gun he'd intended to use on himself, Rolf shoots the would-be rapist, whereupon the headmaster forgives the boy for his inflammatory essay and allows him to return to school -- with the implication that Rolf is welcome to call upon Ellen any time he likes.



daughter, headmaster, love, opera-singer, rape, student, suicide, tyrant