War and Film

Alexander Pichugin (German Language and Culture Studies)

This seminar is open to any student interested in history, politics, and the cinema. It introduces students to the analysis of the cinematic representation of war, which dates from the early filmic reenactments of the Spanish-American War in the late 1890s and continues until today with grand-scale productions such as War of Thrones and Star Wars. This seminar examines the representation of war and related concepts (peace, politics, military power) in film. In exploring these topics, we will try to answer the questions: What is war? How are military conflicts reflected and constructed in film? What role did war play in the history of the cinema? How is war interpreted in film? By studying different varieties of feature and documentary films in relation to the representation of war and related concepts, students will gain insights into ideas, trends, and discourses that have shaped contemporary culture.

Course Number: 
01:090:101 section 74 index 11212