The haunted screen: German Expressionist Cinema 1919-1933

Course Dates: 10/10/21 - 17/10/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Explore one of cinema's most imaginative and influential movements through films such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Nosferatu, Metropolis, M and others. We will consider the production context of German cinema in the period 1919 to 1933 and expressionism as its defining style, key filmmakers associated with the movement and critical accounts of both the films and the movement as a whole.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HF018

Finished Sun, day, 10 Oct - 17 Oct '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course explores German expressionist cinema from 1919 to 1933, its style, films, filmmakers, and the production context in which it emerged. It will consider the German cinema of this period as an internationally renowned national cinema and one that accommodates a range of styles that collectively can be termed expressionist. It will also consider critical accounts of the films and the movement.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• German expressionist film style
• Key films and filmmakers in German expressionist cinema
• The production and historical contexts of German expressionist cinema
• German expressionist cinema as national cinema
• Critical accounts of German expressionist cinema

We will be looking at extracts from a range of films, including the following: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1919), Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror (1922), The Last Laugh (1924), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Faust (1926), Metropolis (1926), Pandora's Box (1929), M (1931).

A full list of the films featured on the course will be made available at the start of the course. Please note that prior viewing of films is not required. The tutor will provide reading/notes to accompany the course along with details of further reading.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Describe German expressionist film style
• Identify key films and filmmakers in German expressionist cinema
• Identify and describe the production and historical contexts of German expressionist cinema
• Evaluate German expressionist cinema as a national cinema
• Assess critical accounts of German expressionist cinema.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for all levels and you do not require any particular skills - just an enthusiasm for film and discussing film. The course will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge in the subject area.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Screenings of extracts from films, talks by the tutor, reading materials, small and large group discussions. It might also be a good idea to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see the reading and films mentioned above) but this is not essential.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will require a pen and paper (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials. The tutor will show extracts from films and you do not have to obtain them.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please check the Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies at

Jon Wisbey

Jon Wisbey teaches film at City Lit and Morley College. He was for many years a committee member and vice-chair of Chelmsford Film Club, screening contemporary and classic world cinema releases. He has an MA in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. His teaching focuses on classical and post-classical Hollywood, European cinema, British cinema, film noir and horror cinema.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.