Cinema: The New Pictures: Mar. 27, 1939

Prison Without Bars (United Artists—Alexander Korda). For reasons which are growing increasingly mysterious, French cinema producers seem to have become obsessed with the problem of female institutions. Model for all such pictures was, of course, the German Maedchen in Uniform, but in this the theme, more or less intrinsic to the background, was Lesbianism. French producers have not been obliged to resort to any such spectacular embellishments. Pictures like Club de Femmes, La Maternelle, Forty Little Mothers, Ballerina, make it apparent that French producers are interested in seminaries, kindergartens and sewing circles...

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