This is a multi-session seminar and must be taken as a series.
Beginning with the 1920s, when Germany’s film industry was one of Hollywood’s fiercest competitors, this course traces Germany’s innovative, turbulent movie history. The course covers the classic cinema of the Weimar period from expressionism to the transition into sound in The Blue Angel and Nazi cinema and propaganda in Jew Suess . It also looks at Hollywood’s German-speaking émigrés like Wilder and Lang, the New German Cinema of rubble and remembrance in postwar West Germany, East Germany’s DEFA films, and post-Wall movies that deal with loss, nostalgia, as well as the GDR’s police state. The films selected are trailblazing as aesthetic works and significant as commentaries on the socialhistorical realities from which they emerged.
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