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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.

This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading. To determine whether you can take this course for Credit/D/Fail grading, visit the Credit/D/Fail website. You must register in the course before you can select the Credit/D/Fail grading option.

Credits: 3


Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
GERM 304 001Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu9:3011:00

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GERM 304 002Web-Oriented Course1 Tue Thu11:0012:30

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 gender, sex, desire, and sexuality.

GERM 304 003Lecture2 Tue Thu14:0015:30

Reel Cities: How has cinema transformed the way we represent and inhabit cities? From the futuristic skyline of Metropolis to the post-WWII ruins in Zentropa, urban filmscapes have largely contributed to the shaping and reshaping of German culture. This course proposes a trajectory through German and international film history and the urban imaginary. Our objectives will be twofold: first, we will follow the motif of the "reel city," distinguishing among its various configurations; and secondly, we will develop a theoretical framework for film analysis and interpretation. Lectures and discussions will be in English.