Focus on Film - GER 490 Issues in German Cinema
Prof. Nora Gortcheva
Monday 4:10-6:40 pm, Little Hall 218
Taught in German
This comprehensive survey class spans the history of German cinema from its beginnings in 1895 to the present. The class pays special attention to the issue of national identity and takes cinema as a symptomatic practice which was affected and affected the project of nation-building and identity politics in the German context. Discussing both canonical and lesser-known films, the class will also show that throughout its history German cinema was in constant dialogue with international film practice – both with dominant film industries (such as Hollywood) and with other national and transnational practices in Europe and beyond (such as art cinema). Students will learn critical skills in close analysis, write a film review, keep a film journal, and develop an independent project of their choice.