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German (GER)

GER 189 (GH;IL) German Film (3) A survey of German film from its beginnings to the present, with emphasis on historical, political, and cultural contexts.

GER 189 German Film (3)

This course is an introduction to German cinema, broadly defined as any representation of moving images made in Germany, Switzerland, or Austria, or by filmmakers from these countries working in exile. The course will be both an historical survey of the developments in German film, as well as a general introduction to film analysis. Neither prior knowledge of German culture and langauge nor of film history and terminology is required.  All materials will be supplied in English. Students will learn about the technology of film production as well as fundamental concepts for film analysis (shots, angles, sound, lighting, etc.). The course will be structured around different political and cultural contexts, providing students with a concrete historical perspective on Germany from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first centuries. Screenings will cover several artistic modes, including comedy, melodrama, propaganda film, experimental film, period drama, crime drama, horror film, and documentary. Readings will complement screenings with seminal writings by filmmakers and theorists, as well as texts that provide historical perspective and close analysis. By examining German film with attention to changing cultural settings, students will investigate such topics as the relation of memory and history, the representation of war and genocide, the roles of propaganda and censorship, the formation (and deformation) of national identity, the impact of technological and economic changes on culture, and changing gender roles. In addition, students will learn to think critically about the visual medium of film, becoming more engaged and critical spectators in a world saturated with the moving image.

Class work includes some lecture but emphasizes guided discussions, group work, writing exercises, and some student presentations.

The course is designed to be suitable for all students generally interested in German, or interested in various fields of humanistic study, whether or not they have previously studied the culture of Germany. This course is designed to count as General Education, as a GH "General Humanities," and as an IL "International Cultures" course.

General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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