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Queen's University

GRMN 221*

German Film I:  Expressionism in Weimar


J. Scott

Early German Film:  Inventing Nation on Screen 

Course taught in English, Films with English Subtitles, No Prerequisites

The following films may come under consideration: Wegener's The Student from Prague, Golem,Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Murnau’s Nosferatu, Faust, The Last Laugh, Lang’s Metropolisand M.,Ruttmann's Berlin: Symphony of a City, Brecht's Kuhle Wampe,Pabst’s Threepenny Opera, Sternberg’s The Blue Angel, and Sagan's Girls in Uniform.  

Image from Caligari

Supplementary reading:

Bordwell, David and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction.6th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2001. Elsaesser, Thomas. The BFI Companion to German Film. London: BFI Publishing, 1999.Fullbrook, Mary. The Divided Nation: A History of German 1918-1990. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.
Grieveson, Lee. The Silent Cinema Reader. New York: Routledge, 2004.
Hake, Sabine. German National Cinema.London: Routledge, 2002.
Halle, Randall. Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective.Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003.Kaes, Anton. M.London: British Film Institute, 2000.
---. From Hitler to Heimat: The Return of Film as History. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1989.
Kracauer, Siegfried. From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film.Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947.
Rentschler, Eric. The Ministry of Illusion: Nazi Film and its Afterlife.Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1996.
---. The Films of G.W. Pabst: An Extraterritorial Cinema. Purdue: Rutgers University Press, 1990.
---. German Film and Literature: Adaptations and Transformations. New York: Methuen, 1986.
Scheunemann, Dietrich. Expressionist Film: New Perspectives.Rochester: Camden House, 2003.

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