Germanic Languages | German Film and Culture
G390 | 2793 | Professor Hoesterey


(3 cr.) The course deals with cinematic fascism on three levels of
signification.  First we will see and discuss some famous examples of
the silent, classic era of German film that have been retrospectively
considered precursors of Nazi ideology: The Cabinet fo Dr. Caligari
(Wiene, 1919), Nosferatu (Murnau, 1921), and The
Nibelungen-Siegfried's Death (Lang, 1924).  The second part of our
inquiry into the regime responsible of the Holocaust deals with films
commissioned by the Nazis or on the margin's of fascist ideology:
Hitler Youth Quex (1933), Triumph of the Will (Riefenstahl, 1934-36),
Olympia (Riefenstahl, 1936, excerpts), La Habanera (1937), Jud S
(Harlan, 1943) and Germany, Awake, an Erwin Leiser documentary on Nazi
film.  The last third of our enterprise is devoted to the critical
treatment of the "Thousand-Year Reich" and its murderous history in
works by directors of the New German Cinema: Aguirre (Herzog, 1972),
The Tin Drum (Schloendorff/Grass, 1979), a portion of Wings of Desire
(Wenders, 1987).  Other titles- or exchanges- to be negotiated.  Most
films will be shown in 16 mm. Requirements: to be negotiated; most
likely a short mid-term paper and a final examination.

Texts:    Eric Rentschler, The Ministry of Illusion:  Nazi Cinema and
its Afterlife (Harvard UP Pb)
Reader consisting of shorter pieces available from
Collegiate Copies