Stefan Lukschy


Born in Berlin, Stefan Lukschy attended the „Pianistenschule Dounias-Sindermann" and the „Sternsche Konservatorium" to become a conductor.
However, his studies led him in a different direction, and after pursuing a degree in Musicology, Philosophy, German Studies (Germanistik) and Journalism until 1970, he entered the dffb (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin), one of the two professional film schools in West Germany at the time. He finished his training with his first movie and started a career as a professional writer and director for film and television.
Throughout his career, Stefan Lukschy also taught at the dffb and at the iFFS (Institut für Schausiel, Film- und Fernsehberufe) in Berlin. A short but memorable appointment also brought him to the Jilin Animation Institute in Changchun, China, where he taught as a visiting professor.
Stefan Lukschy is a member of the German Film Academy (the German equivalent to the Oscar-granting Acaedmy in L.A.), and he is a board member of the German Television Academy.
In 2013, Stefan Lukschy also authored a book about Germany's most renowned comedian Loriot, Der Glückliche schlägt keine Hunde (Aufbau Verlag) with whom he worked for over thirty years on and off.



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GRMN 6622 - German Film      

Is “life [really] too short to watch a German movie”? - Taking a tour of the history of German film, this course attempts to refute the famous saying by the renowned German-Jewish theater and film actor and director Fritz Kortner. Starting with the silent era, we will explore the vivid cinematic and cultural life in pre- and post-WW1 Germany and the ensuing period marked by an enormous exodus of talent, forced by the Nazis. After a short glance at Nazi propaganda movies and their counterpart, “inner immigration” cinematic art, the course will look at post-war cinema, the advent of TV-culture, the “New German Cinema” from the sixties onwards, and we will discuss the strange fact that, in spite of Germany’s image as being humor-averse, it is mostly comedies that have been financially successful at the box office and beyond. Theoretical approaches to reading film as text and art will deepen our inquiry and help situate German film in the context of an international film culture/ market.

Required texts:
- Walter Benjamin, Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit. Frankfurt a.M: Suhrkamp, ISBN 3-518-06852-0
- Wolfgang Jacobsen, Anton Kaes, and Hans Helmut Prinzler, Geschichte des deutschen Films. Stuttgart, Weimar: J. B. Metzler. ISBN 3-476-01952-7.
- Hans Helmut Prinzler, Chronik des deutschen Films. J.B. Metzler Stuttgart – Weimar. ISBN 3-476-01290-5 Area Studies

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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GRMN 6624 - Emigration&Immigration in film      

"Emigration and Immigration in German Film"*

The history of German film is deeply steeped in the history of emigration. Rising to international fame during the Weimar Republic years, German filmmakers were amongst the most innovative and creative artists of the moving image world-wide. Yet, as the National Socialists seized power, many had to flee, fearing persecution due to their Jewish background, their beliefs, or their sexual orientation. They found a new home in Hollywood where their influence can be seen in genres like the “Film Noir”, while their colleagues in Germany either went into inner emigration or consented to collaborate with the regime. This course will follow the fate of film makers and their works to assess the status of the German “immigrant movie” before, during, and after the Third Reich. Eventually we will juxtapose these works with more recent German movies, both serious and comedic, written, produced, and directed by second-generation immigrants.

Required texts: A course reader will be made available electronically. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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