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GR210 – German Film from its Beginnings to 1945

An introduction to the development of German cinema and its contribution to the history of film. Discussions will focus on prevalent themes, film aesthetics, genres and gender roles in a socio-political context. Viewed will be classics of the silent screen by such legendary filmmakers as Lubitsch, Murnau, and Pabst. Secondly, masterpieces of the early German sound-film by directors such as Sternberg, Lang and Sagan and finally the ambiguities of the Nazi propaganda and entertainment films by Riefenstahl and Harlan. Readings and discussions are in English. All films have English subtitles. (Offered alternate years.) No prerequisites. (Not offered 2016-17).


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