This course, examining important German films since the days of the Weimar Republic, places special emphasis on the historical and
social background of each film as well as the aesthetic qualities of the works. It thereby seeks to contribute to a better understanding of
recent German history and of films as an artistic medium. Filmmakers to be studied include Friedrich Murnau, Fritz Lang, Leni
Riefenstahl, Volker Schlöndorff, Helma Sanders-Brahms, Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Wolfgang Becker. All films are
subtitled; the course is taught in English. German 340 is reserved for majors and minors, who will do substantial portions of the work for
the course in German.