Film images, even more so than literature, give the impression of representing reality. As a result, historical films, particularly those depicting traumatic historical events, can create a shared cultural memory even among diverse audiences who did not experience the event. In this mini-course, we will screen and discuss four popular German and American films that deal with the Holocaust, focusing in particular on genre, cinematic technique, and the cultural and political deliberations that preceded the production of these films. Ultimately, this course seeks to interrogate the prominence of the Holocaust in both American and German film culture over the last decades, and question whether or not film seeks to re-write and thus forget, or “selectively remember” history. This course therefore addresses both the analysis of film itself and the ethical and aesthetic decisions that must be made when creating films that thematize the Holocaust. 

Mini-Course by Catrina Hoppes.

No previous experience with film or German is necessary to take this course. Films in German will be shown with subtitles.

Dates: This course takes place on January 14th, January 16th, January 18th, and January 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and January 23rd, from 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Location: TBD

Sign up: Here.