German actress Ruth Gassmann has passed away at the age of 85. In the 1960s she played in the groundbreaking information film Helga, seen by millions of people worldwide.
Helga was unprecedentedly candid about sexuality in 1967. Animations, microscope recordings and pieces of film explained everything about the life of “a young woman in her most intimate months”. Even a delivery was clearly portrayed, at a time when fathers were still being banned from the delivery room.
In one year, five million West Germans went to the cinema for Helga. In the premiere week was only James Bonds You only live twice more popular. Worldwide, an estimated 40 million people saw the film on the big screen. In addition, it sometimes happened that (male) visitors fainted during the delivery scene.