German Expressionist Cinema

Course Ref: C3746564
Date: 3 meetings on Thursdays starting 13/05/2021. 10:00am - 12:00pm
Venue: Online
Tutor: Julie Charlesworth
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Fee: £19.20

This online course explores the origins, development and influence of German expressionist films after the First World War. These silent films such as Metropolis (1927), Nosferatu (1922), The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920), Warning Shadows (1923), Waxworks (1924), to name but a few, by directors such as Fritz Lang, FW Murnau, Robert Wiene and so on, were characterised by deep shadows, angles, over-expressive acting, and much happened in twilight and impossible surroundings. Not all the films were ‘horror’ but they shared the portrayal of people’s angst and tortured souls through nightmarish stories and sets. The films were influenced by the horrors of the war and economic and social upheaval in Germany at this time. Each week we will look at different film clips and you will be encouraged to discuss them. I will put the links to the films up before each week so you can look at them beforehand but I will also show them in the class.

This course will be delivered online.

To book a place on this course ring 0300 303 3464 or go to the central WEA website by clicking here.