There is a lot of video material relevant to modern German history out there, encompassing archival footage, feature films, documentaries etc. As with the reading lists, the links below are intended as a gateway to exploring video sources relevant to the module and not an exhaustive list of the available material. You are encouraged to search and explore this material for yourself, though as with anything else you should treat such sources critically and cautiously.
- Anders als die Andern (Different from the others) (1919, Dir. R. Oswald) - A film aimed at reforming Paragraph 175 of the penal code which prohibited 'homosexual acts' between men.
- Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr Caligari) (1920, Dir. R. Wiene) - A masterpiece of Expressionist cinema, one of the earliest horror films.
- Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horror) (1922, Dir. F. W. Murnau) - The first adaptation of Dracula for the cinema (albeit without the permission of the author's estate).
- Dr Mabuse, der Spieler (1922, Dir. Fritz Lang) - The first in a series of films directed by Lang featuring the eponymous evil genius invented by the novelist Norbert Jacques, the last of which was made in 1960.
- Der Letzte Mann (The Last Laugh or The Last Man) or The Last Man) (1924, Dir. F. W. Murnau) - Innovative story told without dialogue or captions.
- The Pleasure Garden (1925, Dir. Alfred Hitchcock) - An Anglo-German co-production, the first film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
- Die Abenteuer des Prinz Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed) (1926, Dir. Lotte Reiniger) - The oldest surviving animated feature film.
- Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Berlin: Symphony of a Great City) (1927, Dir. Walter Ruttmann) - A semi-documentary account of life in Berlin in the 1920s.
- Metropolis (1927, Dir. Fritz Lang) - Early sci-fi film.
- All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Dir. Lewis Milestone) - Hollywood adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque's novel.
- M (1931, Dir. Fritz Lang) - A brilliant film about the hunt for a serial killer based loosely on the real-life case of Peter Kurten.
- Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera) (1931, Dir. G. W. Pabst) - Film of the famous Brecht/Weill 'play with music'.
- Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (1931, Dir. Leontine Sagan) - melodrama set in a girls' bording school that explores themes of same-sex love.
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