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Spring 2013: Films from Five Germanies

Our Spring 2013 Seminar Theme is:

Films from Five Germanies

Since 1919, five radically different states have called themselves “Germany,” and each of these five Germanies produced remarkable films. Over the course of five introduced screenings, we will look at one outstanding film from each of these Germanies, and in so doing, pursue the always elusive question of German identity.

March 21: Weimar Republic
Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
The expressionist masterpiece without which the modern psychological thriller would have been unthinkable.
Introduced by Prof. Johannes Endres

March 28: Nazi Germany
Münchhausen (Josef von Báky, 1943)
A fantasy adventure with a screenplay secretly written by Erich Kästner. Is it okay to call this Nazi film a masterpiece?
Introduced by Ted Dawson

April 4: German Democratic Republic (East Germany)
Die Legende von Paul und Paula (Heiner Carow, 1972)
Almost banned before its premiere, this film instead became an instant smash hit. With a screenplay written by Ulrich Plenzdorf.
Introduced by Prof. Alexander Košenina

April 11: Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany)
Der Himmel über Berlin (Wim Wenders, 1987)
Berlin, on the eve of the fall of the wall – though no one knew it at the time. Angels watch over the people of the city in a story written by Peter Handke.
Introduced by Prof. Thomas Meyer

April 18: Unified Germany (FRG)
Im Juli (Fatih Akın, 2000)
In this romantic comedy by acclaimed Turkish-German director Fatih Akın, dorky student teacher Daniel sets off on a road trip to Turkey in pursuit of true love and fate.
Introduced by Prof. John McCarthy