The New German Cinema|
Spring 2007 not offered
FILM 320, GELT 253|
This course will investigate the aesthetics, politics, and cultural context of the new German cinema. Having established a critical vocabulary, we will study the influence of Brecht's theoretical writings on theater and film; ambivalent positions vis-à-vis the classic Hollywood cinema; issues of feminist filmmaking and the thematic preoccupations peculiar to Germany, for example, left-wing terrorism and the Nazi past. Attendant materials will include literary sources, screenplays, and interviews.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GRST-MN)(GRST)
Films by: Fassbinder, Herzog, Alexander Kluge, Helke Sander, Schloendorff, Margarethe von Trotta, and Wim Wenders.
Literature: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, THE ANARCHY OF THE IMAGINATION, THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (Screenplay)
Brecht, WRITINGS ON ART AND THE THEATER
Secondary Sources: James Monaco, HOW TO READ A FILM; Anton Kaes, FROM HITLER TO HEIMAT
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three short essays (3-5 pages), midterm exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
One screening per week on Tuesdays. On Thursdays the class will be divided into two discussion sections. Students with knowledge of German or background in film or literary studies are especially welcome. N.B.: The reading load will be heavy. Course fee: $45.
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