EUS 361 • Talking Heads & Eyewitnesses-W
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
In German cinema, the past decade has been marked by a renaissance of documentary film in general and a new focus on German history (20th century) in particular. Films like Volker Koepp's "Herr Zwilling und Frau Zuckermann" (1999), Eyal Sivan's "Ein Spezialist" (1999), Andre Heller's/Othmar Schmiderer's "Im toten Winkel: Hitlers Sekretarin" (2002) but also Andres Veiel's "Black Box BRD" (2002) and Sebastian Winkels "Sieben Bruder" (2003) have drawn comparatively large audiences, and have been received with much attention and praise from the critics.
As different from each other as they are, these films share a mutual interest in the dybanics/procedures of memory and narration, and a strong interest in attitudes towards German history in the 20th century.
The students will be expected to write 6 essays (3pp each).
The seminar will be dedicated to the discussion of 6-8 selected works, and the study of relevant texts and theories on documentary film.