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An Introduction to German Cinema for A Level Students

On Tuesday 19th November 2013, Year 12 German students went to The British Film Institute for an introduction to the history of German cinema.

 On Tuesday 19th November 2013, Year 12 German students went to The British Film Institute for an introduction to the history of German cinema. The day consisted of watching clips of a wide range of German films covering the main themes; social and political contexts of German cinema over the last few decades. The clips were taken from films such as Fritz Lang’s German expressionist classics, Leni Riefenstahl’s 'Triumph of the Will' and also some modern favourites including 'Lola Rennt' and 'Goodbye Lenin!' Students were asked to discuss the meaning of clips and look at how sound, colour and editing are significant to the films.

In the afternoon students watched ‘Sophie Scholl: Die Letzten Tage,’ a very emotional story about a young girl who was part of a resistance group that was anti-Nazi. Students were then given the opportunity to discuss the film and learn more about Hitler. The day was conducted mainly in German by the presenter, and students were also encouraged to listen and speak in German.

‘I enjoyed watching the film about Sophie Scholl because although it was very emotional, it was interesting to learn about her, how she got arrested and her final days leading up to her execution.’ Saida (Year 12).

‘Watching the movie about Sophie Scholl was definitely the best part as I learnt a lot of new things. It was interesting to see what life was like for people back then and what the consequences were for going against Hitler’s orders.’ Lieza (12 Indigo).