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Kit Belgum, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Fall 2009

GRC 361E • German Film Comedy-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38660 MWF
M
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
5:00 PM-7:00 PM
BUR 337
DFA 4.104
MOELLER

Course Description

Open to non-majors. 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. Wilhelm Thiele's THE THREE FROM THE GAS STATION:); Lucky Kids, a Third Reich comedy, some films made by exiles from the Nazi Third Reich such as Lubitsch’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942 ), as well as Billy Wilder’s A FOREIGN AFFAIR (1948) and ONE, TWO, THREE (1961), both filmed in Germany. Also included will be post-WW II films such THE CAPTAIN OF KOEPENICK (1956), the GDR’s Carbide & Sorel (1963), a New German Cinema production such as LINA BRAAKE (1976 ); and films from the comedy waves of the 1980s to present , such as Doris Dörrie’s MEN (1985), Michael Verhoeven’s NASTY GIRL (1990), Sönke Wortmann’s MAYBE...MAYBE NOT (1996), and Wolfgang Becker’s GOOD BYE LENIN (2003).

The course will familiarize students with the historical and cultural background as context of the films.

Grading Policy

Viewing of one film a week outside of class hours. Preparation and discussion of the required films. Four précis ,and two film reviews of approx. 300words each, an outline and 8-10 page paper. Short paper to serve as a basis for class discussion. The course contains a substantial writing component and fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing. Students desiring extra credit: oral presentation of same 8-10 pp. paper. Class Participation 20% Contribution to discussion, questions asked, comments made Papers 50% Four 1 page Précis: 3% each Two 2 page Reviews: 5% each One 10 page Paper (which can be substantially revised) 28% Exams 30% Quiz 5% Mid-semester, in-class dress 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.

Class Participation 20% Contribution to discussion, questions asked, comments made Papers 50% Four 1 page Précis: 3% each Two 2 page Reviews: 5% each One 10 page Paper (which can be substantially revised) 28% Exams 30% Quiz 5% Mid-semester, in-class dress 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.

Texts

Hake, Sabine. German National Cinema. 2nd edition, London/N.Y.: 2008. A selection of articles (class package).

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