Christian Petzold and the New German Cinema

Course Dates: 
6 weeks: January 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19
Wednesdays, 2-4:30 p.m.
Doug Cooper
Course Catalogs: 
2020 Winter

Acclaimed German director Christian Petzold is probably the best-known film maker of the so-called Berlin School and the principal emerging auteur of German cinema today. His films are set in the recent past with themes like terrorism, globalization, and immigration. They are full of characters adrift on the margins of society, struggling in a politically unsettled life. We'll watch and discuss six of these fascinating films, all made since 2000.

Instructor: Doug Cooper ( has taught college English courses in the U.S. and overseas as well as many courses at the College For Seniors since 2003. A number of these were literature courses centering on short stories by nineteenth-century writers.  Others were film courses on English and American authors, film genres, foreign film directors, and various topics.


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