The New German Cinema|
Fall 2009 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, Wim Wenders, and Tom Tykwer.
Literature: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, THE ANARCHY OF THE IMAGINATION
Werner Herzog, HERZOG ON HERZOG
Bertolt Brecht, BRECHT ON THEATER
Secondary Sources: James Monaco, HOW TO READ A FILM
Anton Kaes, FROM HITLER TO HEIMAT
|Examinations and Assignments: |
One short essay (3-5 pages), midterm exam, research paper (8-10 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
One screening per week on Tuesdays. On Thursdays the class will be divided into two discussion sections. Students with a knowledge of German or a background in film or literary studies are especially welcome. Course fee: $60.
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