West European Studies | Gothic Beauty: Style and Meaning and German(ic) Cinema
W605 | 4562 | Hoesterey


4:00-5:15p  TR  BH 340; 7:00-9:00p  T  BH 340
Meets with GER G390 and CMCL C596
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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)