German 43: Exiles and Émigrés
 

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CLASS SCHEDULE

Week One (March 29)

Thursday
Introduction

Week Two (April 2 & 5)

Monday
Film: Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)

Discussion of Exiles in Hollywood (2007)
Edward Said, "Reflections on Exile"
Salman Rushdie, "Imaginary Homelands"

Gemünden & Kaes, "Intro"
Thursday
Film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
Taylor 1-40

Week Three (April 9 & 12)

Monday
Film: M (Fritz Lang, 1931)

Homi Bhabha, "Arrivals and Departures" (in Naficy)
Taylor 41-120

Thursday
Discussion of Fury (Fritz Lang, 1934)
Jan-Christopher Horak, "German Exile Cinema, 1933-1950"
Sequence analysis of M due.

Week Four (April 16 & 19)

Monday
Location: Kreindler Auditorium, Haldeman

Discussion of The Song of Scheherazade (Walter Reisch, 1947)
Taylor 123-171
4:15 pm: Lecture by Thomas Elsaesser (University of Amsterdam)
"The Ubiquitously Invisible Walter Reisch"


Thursday

Discussion of: The Black Cat (Edgar G. Ulmer, 1934)
Taylor 172-end
Noah Isenberg, "Perennial Detour: The Cinema of Edgar G. Ulmer and the Experience of Exile"
Clips from Universal Horror (Kevin Brownlow, 1998)

Week Five (April 23 & 26)

Monday
Film: Hold Back the Dawn (Mitchell Leisen/Billy Wilder, 1941)
Naficy, "Framing Exile" (in Naficy)
John Durham Peters, "Exile, Nomadism, Diaspora" (in Naficy)
Hannah Arendt, "We Refugees"
Thursday
Discussion of: The Life of Emile Zola (William Dieterle, 1937)
Elsaesser, "Film History as Social History: The Dieterle/Warner Brothers Bio-Pic"
Jean-Louis Comolli, "Historical Fiction: A Body Too Much"

Week Six (April 30 & May 3)

Monday
Film: Hangmen Also Die (Fritz Lang/Bertolt Brecht, 1943)
Klaus Mann, "What's Wrong With Anti-Nazi Films?"
Gerd Gemünden, "Brecht in Hollywood"

Thursday

Midterm

Week Seven (May 7 & 10)

Monday
Film: To Be or Not to Be (Ernst Lubitsch, 1942)
"The Production Code"
Thomas Elsaesser, "Ethnicity, Authenticity, and Exile" (in Naficy)

Thursday

Discussion of: Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944)

James Naremore, "Modernism and Blood Melodrama" (from More Than Night)

Week Eight (May 14 & 17)

Monday
Film: Act of Violence (Fred Zinnemann, 1949)
Georg Simmel, "The Stranger"
Sequence analysis of Double Indemnity due
Thursday
Discussion of: The Stranger (Orson Welles, 1946)
Clips from other noirs

Week Nine (May 21 & 24)

Monday
Film: A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder, 1948)
Billy Wilder, "The Wilder Memorandum"
Curt Siodmak, "Epistles to the Germans"
Thursday
Discussion of: The Blue Angel (Josef von Sternberg, 1931)
Wrap-up



Wednesday, June 2: Final paper due at noon

Note: Syllabus is subject to change




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