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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2006

E 322 • Genres, Structures and Present Trends in German Cinema

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33405 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Course Description

An examination of the role of genre in German cinema. Theory and exemplary analysis of outstanding films from the genres of the film of adolescence, melodrama, critical women's film, anti-Heimatfilm or regional homeland film, anti-thriller, Berlin worker's film, road film, Brechtian cinema, and the new commercial comedy.

The assessment of the trends of the 1980s and 90s, especially the rearrangement of the German film since the death of R.W. Fassbinder and the emergence of both W. German Women's Cinema and the new commercial comedy as significant branches of a maturing new German Cinema. The outlook for German cinema after the unification of East and West German production facilities, the European Common Market of l993, and the shared currency of the Euro in the 21st century.

Grading Policy

Class Participation 20%
Exams 30%
Papers 50%:
Three 1 page Précis: 3% each
Two 2-page Reviews: 5% each
One review rewrite/revision: 3%
One 10 page Paper: 28%


Hans Guenther Pflaum, Germany on Film, Detroit: Wayne State U. Pr., 1990. ISBN 0-8143-2258-1
Collins, Richard/Porter, C., WDR and the Arbeiterfilm: Fassbinder and Others, London bfi. 1981, ISBN# 0-851-70107-8, (Out of print. Excerpts incl. in class package.)
A selection of articles (class package)


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