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From Caligari to Hitler? Weimar Cinema in Context
GRST 252
Spring 2010 not offered
Crosslisting: FILM 352

This course offers a critical introduction to German silent and sound films from 1919 to 1932. It will test the thesis of Siegfried Kracauerís classic study that Expressionist films in particular prepared the way for Hitler's rise to power. The focus will be on canonical films of the era including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,  Nosferatu and The Last Man (Murnau), Metropolis and M (Fritz Lang), and The Joyless Street and Pandora's Box (Pabst). Some attention will also be given to films made at the ideological extremes of Weimar culture: Kuhle Wampe (with a screenplay by Brecht), Leni Riefenstahl's The Blue Light, and Pabst's Threepenny Opera. Readings will include screenplays, essays, and reviews from the period as well as selected literary works such as Brecht's Threepenny Opera.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA GRST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)

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