Germanic Languages | German Film and Popular Culture
G418 | 10639 | Robinson


G418—German Film & Popular Culture

Topic: What Makes a Classic Tick?

Course Description:
Starting with film masterpieces by Pabst, Murnau and others from the
Weimar period, we examine highpoints of the modern German cinema up to
the present, including the Nazi era, East and West German and,
especially, the contemporary Berlin Republic. Our focus will be on
film theory and film interpretation, supplemented by a consideration
of the relationship of German film culture to central issues in German
historical self-understandings. Students will become familiar with the
German film canon, will be introduced to film theory, and will explore
topics in the cultural study of major issues in contemporary German
society.

Reading:
Jürgen Felix, ed., Moderne Film Theorie. Eine Einführung (ISBN 3980652815)

Films:
F.W. Murnau, Nosferatu (1922)
Walter Ruttmann, Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (1927)
G.W. Pabst, Diary of a Lost Girl (1929)
Leni Riefenstahl, Triumph of the Will (1935)
Wolfgang Staudte, Die Mörder sind unter uns (1946)
Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Angst essen Seelen auf (1974)
Helga Sanders-Brahms, Deutschland, bleiche Mutter (1979)
Konrad Wolf, Solo Sunny (1979)
Margaretta von Trotta, Die bleierne Zeit (1981)
Tom Tykwer, Winterschläfer (1997)
Wolfgang Becker, Good Bye Lenin! (2003)
Leander Haussmann, Herr Lehmann (2003)
Fatih Akin, Gegen die Wand (2004)
Oliver Hirschbiegel, Der Untergang (2005)