ITAL257 - FASCIST CINEMAS

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Section 401 - LEC
Cinema played a crucial role in the cultural life of Nazi Germany and other fascist states. As cinema enthusiasts, Goebbels and Hitler were among the first to realize the important ideological potential of film as a mass medium and saw to it that Germany remained a cinema powerhouse producing more than 1000 films during the Nazi era. In Italy, Mussolini, too, declared cinema "the strongest weapon." This course explores the world of "fascist" cinemas ranging from infamous propaganda pieces such as The Triumph of the Will to popular entertainments such as musicals and melodramas. It examines the strange and mutually defining kinship between fascism more broadly and film. We will consider what elements mobilize and connect the film industries of the Axis Powers: style, genre, the aestheticization of politics, the creation of racialized others. More than seventy years later, fascist cinemas challenge us to grapple with issues of more subtle ideological insinuation than we might think. Weekly screenings with subtitles.
MW 1100AM-1200PM
MACLEOD, CATRIONA
FISHER-BENNETT HALL 407
Section 402 - REC
R 0300PM-0400PM
SESSIONS, GABRIEL
WILLIAMS HALL 2
Section 403 - REC
R 0430PM-0530PM
WILLIAMS HALL 217
Section 404 - REC
CANCELED
Section 405 - REC
F 1200PM-0100PM
WILLIAMS HALL 28