Germanic Languages | German Film and Culture
G390 | 2798 | Prof. Hoesterey

G390    German Film Culture: Gothic / Beauty: Style & Meaning in
German(ic) Cinema

Gothic excess–forever connoting both barbarism and the sublime-can be
seen on the silverscreen in this course.  Virgins and vampyres, saints
and devils, somnambulists, evil tycoons, and victimized murderers are
some of the characters engulfed in horror scenarios that more often,
than not are mediated by a film-as-art aesthetic.

A tentative list of films, mostly on 16mm celluloid, includes:

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Wiene, 1920)
Nosferatu. A Symphony of Horror (Murnau, 1922)
Dr. Mabuse (Lang, 1922) or Metropolis (1926)
The Passion of Joan Arc (Dreyer, 1928)
M (Lang, 1931)
The Seventh Seal (Bergman, 1957)
Heart of Glass (Herzog, 1976)
Hitler. A Film from Germany (Syerberg, 1977, excerpt)
Anita. Dances of Vice (von Praunheim, 1987)
Joan d'Arc of Mongolia (Ottinger, 1989)
Zentropa (von Trier, 1991)

A custom-made reader will be available at Collegiate Copies at the end
of August.

Requirements: A midterm take-home and a final examination, both
consisting of mini-essays, and attendance.  Different requirements for
potential graduate students.