From its beginnings, German cinema was not only shaped by members of the LGBTQ+ community, it also entertained throughout its history gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and queer themes on various levels. This course will recount the history of German cinema as queer cinema from the Weimar period to the present by engaging in works by queer filmmakers, queering canonical films, exploring overt and subtle themes, as well as analyzing queer film aesthetics more broadly. Besides contextualizing German cinema in the history of gay rights, our inquiry will be guided by classic works of film and queer theory, which will also help us explore different modes of writing about film. Directors include Murnau, Sagan, Harlan, Sirk, Visconti, Praunheim, Schroeter, Fassbinder, Ottinger, Treut, Akin, Hegemann, and Shariat among others. Films in German with English subtitles. Discussion in English.