Die Welt von Gestern: Museum Hours

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In these two final sessions we will leave the world of Vienna 1900 and look at two recent American films that each revisit fin-de-siècle Vienna in ways that are not necessarily readily apparent. We will use these two films to discuss the phenomenon of "Habsburg nostalgia" and the ways in which this period has been remembered. We will also talk about relationships between art and life, history and representations, and the impact that this period has had on the 20th and 21st centuries.


Watch Jem Cohen's 2012 film Museum Hours, which is available for streaming on Netflix.


Let's do these last two sessions in English, since the material is in English and this will hopefully allow for a wider-ranging discussion. What is Jem Cohen's argument about the relationship between "art" and "everyday life?" How does he depict Vienna?