Germanic Languages and Literatures

Germanic Languages and Literatures

  • New Course Fall '17: German Monster Movies Cinema 1913-1945
    8/18/2017
    GER/MACS 493 (in English) TR 1:00-2:20 David Kinley Hall 322 Focusing on early German cinema, this course surveys the earliest films through 1945. Many of these films laid the ground work for international cinema and are benchmarks in the history of the genre. The course explores, for example, early film’s fascination with gothic horror in Nosferatu and the Golem and with psychological disintegration in The Student of Prague and Caligari. It covers classics of cinema with films by E. Lubitsch, G. Papst, and F. W. Murnau, early science fiction with Metropolis, and Weimar cinema with Fritz Lang’s Mabuse, New Objectivity in the documentary Berlin Symphony of a Metropolis. We will analyze the new technology of sound in films such as M and the Blue Angel. The course also covers propaganda film with Brecht’s Kuhle Wampe and the party documentary Triumph des Willens. Films are screened with English subtitles; all discussions and readings for the course are in English. Class consists of screenings, discussions, response papers, and a final project. This course is open to honors, graduate, and undergraduate students. For more info contact mwade@illinois.edu.