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Spring 2014: Visions of Music

How can “Music” be a subject for “Visual Culture”? This semester, the Series considers intersections of film and music, from film versions of musicals and operas to documentaries about musical culture and feature films in which music serves as a central plot element.

Dreigroschenoper (G.W. Pabst, 1931)
Pabst’s film version of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s famous musical.
Jan. 16 | 7 pm | Furman 114 – Screening, introduced by Prof. Peggy Setje-Eilers (German)
Jan. 17 | 1:10 pm | Furman 123 – Discussion with Prof. Setje-Eilers

Die Verwandlung der Welt in Musik + Tod für fünf Stimmen (Werner Herzog, 1996/95)
Werner Herzog takes a look at the preparations for staging Wagner’s operas in Bayreuth and at the life and legend of Carlo Gesualdo, composer and murderer.
Jan. 23 | 7 pm | Furman 114 – Screening, introduced by Prof. Lutz Koepnick (German & Film Studies)
Jan. 24 | 1:10 pm | Furman 123 – Discussion with Prof. Koepnick

Crossing the Bridge (Fatih Akin, 2005)
Acclaimed director Fatih Akin accompanies Alexander Hacke, bassist of the German indie band “Einstürzende Neubauten”, on a musical journey through Istanbul.
Jan. 30 | 7 pm | Furman 114 – Screening, introduced by Prof. James McFarland (German)
Jan. 31 | Noon | Furman 123 – Discussion with Prof. McFarland

Der fliegende Holländer (Joachim Herz, 1964)
An East German film adaptation of Wagner’s opera.
Feb. 13 | 7 pm | Furman 114 – Screening, introduced by Prof. Paul Young (English & Film Studies)
Feb. 14 | 1:10 pm | Furman 123 – Discussion with Prof. Young and Prof. Joy Calico (Musicology)

A joint presentation of the VCS and International Lens:
Wagner & Me (Patrick McGrady, 2010)
Stephen Fry tries to come to terms with his Jewish heritage and love of Wagner’s music.
Feb. 20 | 7:30 pm | Sarrat Cinema – Screening with Prof. Lutz Koepnick (German & Film Studies)

Heißer Sommer (Joachim Hasler, 1968)
East Germany’s answer to Grease – a musical teenage vacation movie.
Feb. 27 | 7 pm | Furman 114 – Screening, introduced by Prof. Meike Werner (German)
Feb. 28 | 1:10 pm | Furman 123 – Discussion with Prof. Werner

La Habanera (Douglas Sirk, 1937)
Zarah Leander, Nazi Germany’s “ersatz Marlene Dietrich,” lends her voice to a tale about the power of a song.
March 13 | 7 pm | Furman 114 – Screening, introduced by Prof. Johannes Endres (German)
March 14 | 1:10 pm | Furman 123 – Discussion with Prof. Endres

Сказание о невидимом граде Китеже и деве Февронии (The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh) (Dmitri Tcherniakov, 2013)
In an opera frequently referred to as the “Russian Parsifal,” Rimsky-Korsakov gives us the legend of the holy city of Kitezh, which prayed for invisibility in the face of the Mongol invasion.
March 27 | 7 pm | Furman 114 – Screening, introduced by Prof. Jason Strudler (Russian)
March 28 | 1:15 pm | Furman 123 – Discussion with Prof. Strudler

Dido & Aeneas (Peter Schönhofer, 2005)
Henry Purcell’s opera staged in Berlin, turned into a film with underwater ballet!
April 3 | 7 pm | Furman 114 – Screening, introduced by Prof. Barbara Hahn (German)
April 4 | 1:10 pm | Furman 123 – Discussion with Prof. Hahn

Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
Klaus Kinski plays a man intent on building an opera house in the jungle.
April 12 | 10 am | Sarratt Cinema – Screening, introduced by Prof. Harald Friedl (CSU, Long Beach)