German Expressionism and Beyond

Ref: C3533399

An introduction to and exploration of the German Expressionist era of film-making of the 1920s extending to its influence in later Hollywood filmaking of the 1940s and beyond. Arising from the country's isolation in the aftermath of The First World War,German Expressionist film-making is noted for various features and techniques including heavily stylised visuals and a pre-occupation with psychological and social issues. These approaches, and several key figures, would in time find their way into the U.S cinema of the 30s, 40s & beyond - influencing the likes Alfred Hitchcock & the style we know as film noir. We examine the origins and deeper themes running within this still highly influencial era of cinematic history through several key films and their 'offspring'. Including The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) The Golem (1920) Nosferatu (1922) M (1931) Dracula (1931) The Third Man (1949) The Night of the Hunter (1955) and more.

Course aim

A friendly and accessible introduction and exploration of 1920s German Expressionist era of film-making and its influence in later Hollywood filmmaking. Increasing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of this cinematic era and film in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers
  • No requirement to have attended any previous course.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, appreciation & understanding for the German Expressionist Cinematic era.
  • Critically analyse, discuss and comment on films made in the German Expressionist period.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A pen and note book may prove useful. Pre-viewing may be helpful but not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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German Expressionism and Beyond


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