Film provides a lens for studying culture, which this course will focus on Germany. Examining masterpieces of German cinema from its inception to the opening of the 21st century, the course will approach the filmmaker's art from the perspectives of political and cultural history as well as cinematic aesthetics: the "language of film." The course views films (subtitled in English) by such noted filmmakers as Lang, Fassbinder, Herzog, and Wenders. Along the way we will debate the powers and perils of popular culture, and trace patterns of interaction between history, works of art, and entertainment. Readings and discussions are in English, and the course encourages comparisons with films from other cultures, including popular Hollywood cinema. This course requires participation in some evening and/or weekend field trips or events, so consider your other commitments (such as off-campus employment or a fall/winter sports participation) as you identify courses of interest to you.