German Film Class
University of Houston

Film is a powerful art form and means of communication. The messages embedded in the mesmerizing images often escape us, and we miss the opportunity to understand something about the culture that produced it. The study of a culture by examining its films provides direct, fascinating perspectives, both of the "other" culture and our own.

The study of film includes film techniques, film genres, film history, tools of analysis, and the history, politics, and culture of the time in which the film was made. Film study also provides an opportunity to practice aesthetic judgment in the form of analysis and assessment of film as an art form, both through discussion and through writing.

The University of Houston offers credit courses in German Cinema each Fall and Spring Semester as GERM 3395 or GERM 3380. The instructor is Dr. Sandy Frieden.

The topic for Fall 2007 is BEHIND THE WALL--EAST GERMAN CINEMA (GERM 3395). The course is offered on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 in 322 Agnes Arnold Hall at UH main campus.

The Syllabus for Fall and accompanying materials will be posted soon--but meanwhile, you can view the syllabus and other links below from a previous semester to see details about how German film class works! All films are subtitled, and all readings are in English--there is no foreign language prerequisite.  The course counts for Visual and Performing Arts/Criticism Core credit, as well as Women's Studies and Honors (by petition).

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