German Cinema Before 1945

Freie Universität Berlin

Course Description

  • Course Name

    German Cinema Before 1945

  • Host University

    Freie Universität Berlin

  • Location

    Berlin, Germany

  • Area of Study

    Communication, Film Studies, German Culture, Radio/Television/Film

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    This class is available for fall semester only.

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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    German Cinema to 1945 offers an overview of the development of film in Germany from its origins in the German Empire of the late nineteenth century through the end of the National Socialist period. While this course centers on close readings of works that belong to the canon of German film, it also includes examples of popular, experimental and documentary filmmaking. The course hopes to achieve three interrelated aims:

    1. to introduce students to fundamental elements of film and film analysis;
    2. to foster a critical understanding of how film functions both as entertainment and as an art form;
    3. to explore the developments within German film in light of specific historical and cultural frameworks; but also to make students aware of the complicated issues involved in defining any unified national cinema, specifically, the pitfalls inherent in ready conceptions of German cinema.

    This course assumes no prior knowledge of German, German films, or film theory in general. It is taught in English and all sound-films have English subtitles.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations