Between Berlin & Moscow: Late Weimer and Early Soviet Cinema: Lecture
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: University Lecture Program
Course Number: ULEC 2370
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Film & Video History, Theory & Criticism
  • Media & Culture
  • Humanities
German and Russian Cinema in the 1920s and 1930s reflects the central political, social, psychological, and aesthetic concerns of interwar Europe. This course examines some of the major films of the era (e.g., Potemkin, Metropolis, Man with a Movie Camera, Berlin - Symphony of a Great City), as a way of opening up a broader discussion of aesthetics and politics in the realm of modernist culture. We explore, in particular, how the film industry--and the intellectual debates surrounding it--became politicized in both Weimar Germany and the Soviet Union; how it sought to shape the minds of the masses; and how it developed into one of the most effective tools for ideological expression. In addition to formal and contextual analysis of specific films, we read a rich variety of personal and critical works from the period (e.g., Walter Benjamin's MOSCOW DIARY, Viktor Shklovsky and Vladimir Nabokov's writings on Berlin, Fritz Lang, Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein's writings on cinema, among others).
Students must register for the lecture, discussion section and film screening of this course.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.