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GM3132 Dream Factories: Recent German Film

Terms 1-2


Essay: 30%, 2,000-2.500 words; Exam: 70%

Plus a formative piece of work, not counting towards the final mark


The course offers an overview of trends in contemporary German film, analysing representative examples in detail. Sample course structure:

Block 1: Berlin on Film

Block 2: The GDR Remembered

Block 3: The German Heritage Film

Block 4: Berlin School

Examples of set films below (definitive filmography tbc via Moodle at the start of the year):

Tom Tykwer, Lola rennt / Run, Lola, Run (1998)

Christian Petzold, Barbara (2012)

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Das Leben der Anderen / The Lives of Others (2007)

Uli Edel, Der Baader Meinhof Komplex / The Baader Meinhof Komplex (2008)

Suggested Reading:

Tim Bergfelder, Erica Carter, Deniz Göktürk, eds, The German Cinema Book (British Film Institute, 2002) (British Film Institute, 2002)

Stephen Brockmann, A Critical History of German Film (Camden House, 2010)

Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing about Film (Longman, 1998)

Thomas Elsaesser, Michael Wedel, The BFI Companion to German Cinema (British Film Institute, 1999)

Sabine Hake, German National Cinema, (Routledge, 2008)

Andrea Mersch, Terri Ginsberg, A Companion to German Cinema (Blackwell, 2012)

Robert C. Reimer, Reinhard Zachau, Margit M. Sinka, German Culture through Film. An introduction to German Cinema (focus, 2005)



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