E 322 • German Film Comedy
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
An examination of the role of comedy in German cinema. Theory and analysis by example of films from the genre extending from the silent-film era to the present. Specific German sub-genres, such as the cabaret film and Brechtian comedy will be treated along with the traditions of slapstick, musical, romantic comedy, and the newer humorous road film and feminist comedy. The course will cover a one-reeler by the early Ernst Lubitsch, the high point around 1930 (e.g. excerpts from Wilhelm Thieles THE THREE FROM THE GAS STATION, and the entire Lubitschs TROUBLE IN PARADISE); some films made by exiles from the Nazi Third Reich such as Lubitschs TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942), as well as Billy Wilders A FOREIGN AFFAIR (1948) and ONE, TWO, THREE (1961), both filmed in Germany. Also included will be post-WWII films such THE CAPTAIN OF KOEPENICK (1956), a New German Cinema production such as LINA BRAAKE (1976); and films from the comedy waves of the 1980s to present, such as Doris Dörries MEN (1985), Michael Verhoevens NASTY GIRL (1990), Sönke Wortmanns MAYBE...MAYBE NOT (1996), and either Sandra Nettelbecks MOSTLY MARTHA (2001) or Wolfgang Beckers GOOD BYE LENIN (2003). The course will familiarize students with the historical and cultural background as context of the films.
Class Participation 20%
Four 1 page Précis: 3% each, two 2 page Reviews: 5% each, one 10-page Paper: 28%
Quiz: 5%, in-class rehearsal exam for the final: 5%, final: 20%
NOTE: More than 5 absences and late paper to affect your grade (- 5% for each day). No late oral presentations. Save your allowable absences for emergencies.
TBA; a selection of articles (class package)