To study German cinema is to study the evolution of cinema. Germany has always been at the forefront of technical and creative innovation in the seventh art. What appeals to me most about German cinema is that it went through a truly dismal period (WWII) only to emerge and reclaim the spot of honor it held for many years. It is with great sorrow and responsibility that Germans now must acknowledge that many of their citizens did the greatest injustice to the art form.
In German cinema I see the powerful beginnings of an expressive art form (Murnau, Lang), the saddening depths to which the human soul can sink (Riefenstahl, Harlan), the rebirth of inspiration and vision (Fassbinder, Herzog) and a future that is still being decided (Twyker, Akin).
This list includes works that have played a major role in shaping my vision of what cinema is and what it can be.Read less