Professor Regina Karl

This course introduces students to films of the Weimar, Nazi, and post-war period, as well as to contemporary German cinema. We will explore issues of social class, gender, historical memory, violence, and conflict by means of close film analysis. The class seeks to sensitize students to the cultural context of these films and the changing socio-political climates in which they were made. We will also look closely at issues of style and genre. Directors and films include Robert Wiene, Fritz Lang, Richard Oswald, Josef von Sternberg, Leontine Sagan, Leni Riefenstahl, Billy Wilder, Alexander Kluge, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Harun Farocki, Christian Petzold, Valeska Grisebach, Fatih Akin among others.

Taught in English. Fulfills SAS Core Course Goal AHo.