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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Oct 18, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018
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WLL 249 - Image of the Enemy in German Film 1919-1945


Credits: 4
Students will examine the changing image of the enemy in German cinema from 1919 to 1945. From its silent beginnings through the invention of sound, German cinema abounds in archetypal figures of unearthly destruction and social deviants from an equally hostile present. Nazi propaganda films adopted both realistic and mythic traditions to construct an image of the enemy threatening the survival of the Third Reich, and they became a powerful weapon in disseminating fascist ideology. Viewing film as a symbolic language which inscribes cultural identity, we will explore anti-Semitism, xenophobia, jingoism, misogyny, and fascism as well as changes in the public perception of the enemy that contributed to World War II and the Holocaust.
Note(s): (Fulfills humanities requirement.)
M. O'Brien



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