The fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 led to fundamental cultural and political re-alignments in German-speaking countries, unleashing a wave of cultural comment and creative activity. The 1990s and early twenty-first century saw a revitalisation of the film scene in both Germany and Austria, evident not only in highly acclaimed niche productions but also in a series of international box-office hits. This module will explore the themes and styles of 'post-Wende' German-language cinema, focusing on representations of the past and the phenomenon of ‘Ostalgie’; multiculturalism and migration; the transformation of Berlin post-1989; and the documentary turn in German and Austrian film since 2000.
Contact Hours: 20
Method of assessment
Film Review (1,000 words) – 40%
Critical Essay (2,000 words) – 60%
Das Versprechen / The Promise (D: Margarethe von Trotta, 1995)
Lola rennt / Run Lola Run (D: Tom Tykwer, 1998)
Good Bye, Lenin! (D: Wolfgang Becker, 2003)
Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei / The Edukators (D: Hans Weingartner, 2004)
Sophie Scholl: Die letzten Tage / The Last Days (D: Marc Rothemund, 2005)
Das Leben der Anderen (D: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
Auf der anderen Seite (D: Fatih Akin, 2007)
Die Fälscher / The Counterfeiters (A: Stefan Ruzowitzky, 2007)
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge a representative selection of contemporary films that give nuanced and critical perspectives on German-language culture and history;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of film theory and cinema history as relevant to German-language culture;
- Demonstrate knowledge of spoken German in a variety of registers and accents.
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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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