Course Number

GERM 250; CSAC 249; SCRN 250

Syllabus Date

Spring 2009

Faculty Member

Robert D. Tobin

Department course is offered by

GERM - German

Course description

This course is an introduction to German cinema. We will study masterpieces of German film, important critical and theoretical discussions of them, and the contexts in which they were produced and received. As a critical lens, we will rely heavily on psychoanalytic and Frankfurt School criticism, focusing on writings by Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer and Theodor Adorno. By the end of the semester, students should know the history of German film, have a better understanding of German culture, and have developed a critical understanding that is useful for their appreciation of all cinematic form.

A photo of this Spring 2009 class was taken as part of Professor Bob Tobin's ongoing class photo tradition. The photograph was taken by Stephen DiRado as part of his Classroom Series.


German, Germany, film, German film, German Expressionism



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