NEW GERMAN CINEMA
Devastated after World War II, starting in the 1960s a number of German directors like Herzog, Fassbinder, Wenders, Kluge, Annders-Abrahms managed to bring international attention back to German cinema. They competed against the film industry of Hollywood under difficult conditions of production, and in many instances made the difficult transition out of the art house and into the mainstream movie theater. Yet these names only represent a small portion of those directors active in the new German cinema. This class will examine the aesthetic and technical contributions of new German cinema as well as the historical and social context of its production. The technological, financial, and intellectual destruction caused by the experience of national socialism and World War II required creative responses that have led to a solid and symbolically rich body of work. In examining the themes and experimental forms of various filmmakers, students will gain insight into the issues that occupied the German public sphere from the 1960s onward.