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GERM 304 German Cinema (in English)

Screening, discussion, and critical analysis of German cinema from the silent era to the 21st century.

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Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
FullGERM 304 001Lecture1 Tue Thu9:3011:00

Reel Cities. Film and the Urban Imaginary

How has cinema transformed the way we represent and inhabit cities? From the futuristic skyline of Metropolis to the post-WWII ruins in Zentropa, films have largely contributed to the shaping and reshaping of urban culture. This course proposes a trajectory through German and international film history and the urban imaginary. Our objectives will be twofold: first, we will trace the motif of the reel city and its audio-visual reconfigurations from the Weimar Republic to the contemporary Berlin School; secondly, we will develop and apply concepts, methodologies and tools for film analysis and interpretation. Titles may include: Fritz Lang. M; Max Ophüls. Letter from an Unknown Woman; Leni Riefenstahl. Triumph of the Will; Billy Wilder. A Foreign Affair; Lars von Trier. Zentropa; Doris Dör and ~

rie. Happy Birthday, Turk; Maren Ade. Toni Erdmann. All lectures and discussions will be in English. No prerequisites.

GERM 304 002Lecture2 Tue Thu14:0015:30

This course is dedicated to the study of contemporary German films that reflect on current social issues and historical debates. In particular, we will consider the legacy of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, Eastern Germany), the ongoing efforts to represent a multicultural society, and the memory of World War II. Our discussions will focus on the challenges of representing minorities, cultural difference, gender hierarchies and memory cultures. Your skills in film analysis and your ability to articulate critical responses will be challenged and trained throughout the semester. This course is taught in English, and there are no prerequisites.

FullGERM 304 003Lecture2 Tue Thu11:0012:30

The Sexual Politics of Weimar Cinema

This course explores the political, social, and economic realities that shaped the German Golden Age of cinema: the Weimar Era (1918-1933). We will watch some of the most iconic along lesser known, yet impactful films from the period. The goal of the course is to examine the formation of the German star system, film fandom cultures, and cinema exhibition practices as these relate to questions of sex, desire, and sexuality.

GERM 304 004Lecture1 Mon Wed Fri15:0016:00

Shadows and Screams: Germanic Horror Films from Expressionism to the Present

This course focuses on horror cinema produced in the German-speaking countries. We'll spend the first half of the course looking at German Expressionism and its widespread influence. During the course's second half we'll watch and discuss more recent horror films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. No knowledge of the German language is needed.