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1 Image: Louise Brooks in her iconic role of Lulu in G.W. Pabst’s DIE BÜCHSE DER PANDORA. GERM 304 003: German Cinema Contact The Sexual Politics of Weimar Cinema Instructor: Dr. Ervin Malakaj The University of British Columbia Pronouns: He/Him Dept. Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies Office Hours: MW 1-2pm & by appt Office: Buchanan Tower 919 Winter 2018 T1 | 3 Credits Email: [email protected] MWF | 12:00-13:00 | Brock Hall Annex 2365 Phone: TBD Course Description & Goals This course explores the political, social, and economic realities that shaped the German “Golden Age” of cinema: the Weimar Era (1918 1933). We will watch some of the most iconic along lesser known, yet impactful films from the period. Our aim will be to examine the formation of the German star system, film fandom cultures, and cinema exhibition practices as these relate to questions of sex, desire, and sexuality. There are no prerequisites for this course. Readings and discussion in English (films with English subtitles). Course Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to describe major developments in the social, economic, and cultural history informing the cinema cultures of Weimar Germany (1918-1933) discuss, analyze, and interpret representative films from the era (in the spoken and the written) with a thematic and analytic focus on sex and sexuality studies describe, discuss, analyze, and interpret visual material using standard tools of film style (in the spoken and the written) Consult the schedule below for detailed outcomes affiliated with each unit of the course.
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2 Grade Breakdown* Attendance & Participation 20% Viewing/Reading Quizzes 20% Scene/Sequence Analyses 20% Final Paper 40% Grading Scale A+ (90-100%); A (85-89); A- (80-84); B+ (76-79); B (72-75); B- (68-71); C+ (64-67); C (60-63); C- (55-59); D (50-54); F (0-49) *Note : You must receive a passing grade for each component to receive a passing grade in the course. Books and Reading Materials At the UBC Bookstore 1. Ed Sikov , Film Studies: An Introduction , New York: Columbia UP, 2010. REQUIRED 2. Sabine Hake, German National Cinema , New York: Routledge, 2008. OPTIONAL 3. Eric D. Weitz, Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy , Princeton: Princeton UP, 2013. OPTIONAL Online on our Course Reserves/Canvas Site The URL for our course reserves site is: . There you will find the following texts: 1. Emilie Altenloh, “On the Sociology of Cinema: The Cinema Enterprise & the Social Classes of Its Patrons. 2. Nor a Alter, “The Legs of Marlene Dietrich” 3. Max Brod and Rudolf Thomas, “Love on Film.” 4. Paul Dobryden, “23 May 1920: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari Brings Aesthetic Modernism to the Fairground. 5. Lotte Eisner, “Pabst and the Miracle of Louise Brooks” 6. Lotte Eisner, “The Symphonies of Horror” 7. Film-Kurier , “Fritz Lang: Problems in Sound Film Design: Moving Away from Naturalism 8. Walther Friedmann, “Homosexuality and Jewishness: The Latest Method of Agit ation against ‘Aufklärungsfilme.’” 9. Robert Gaupp, “The Dangers of Cinema. 10. Sara F. Hall, “11 May 1931: With Premiere of M , a Gala Hit Becomes a Cultural Controversy.
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