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<< March 22 - 25, 2007 >>>

Werner Herzog: Poet of Doom, An In Person Retrospective


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This Series is an Aero Theatre exclusive!

 

Presented in association with Goethe-Insitut Los Angeles.

"Herzog is a darkly comic poet with a cawing inner language that seems to have been learned from vultures, beggars, prophets, clowns, deaf genius musicians." - The New Yorker, 1978; "A consummate poet of doom" - Janet Maslin, NY Times, 1995

The films of director Werner Herzog are a mesmerizing combination of spiritual rebellion and cosmic slapstick - EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL, as one title put it. Notorious for his own acts of Ahab-like defiance - dragging a ship across a mountain for FITZCARRALDO, hypnotizing the cast of HEART OF GLASS - Herzog has written and produced nearly all his own films, defying not only nature but (more impressively) the industry. Born Werner Stipetic in Bavaria in 1942, Herzog studied literature and history at the University of Munich, and made his first short film HERAKLES (1961) with a purportedly-stolen 35 mm. camera. Herzog’s first feature, SIGNS OF LIFE (1968) established the themes that would re-occur through out his career: a dreamlike, desiccated landscape (Greece); mythological references; and the increasing terror of a man at odds with himself and his environment. Hailed by critic Lotte Eisner as "a romantic spirit inspired by German silents" (he would later walk a healing pilgrimage from Munich to Paris when Eisner fell sick), Herzog emerged with Fassbinder and Wenders at the forefront of the New German Cinema movement in the 1970’s.

Alternating between epic historical dramas (AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD; FITZCARRALDO) and brilliant, unnerving documentaries (LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY, MY BEST FIEND - KLAUS KINSKI), Herzog has produced a body of images unmatched for their audacity and surreal beauty. With his latest feature RESCUE DAWN (soon to be released theatrically by MGM), Herzog continues to embrace life at its most apocalyptic extremes.

We are thrilled to welcome director Werner Herzog to the Aero Theatre!

 

 

Thursday, March 22 – 7:30 PM

Werner Herzog In Person!

New 35mm Print! NOSFERATU, THE VAMPYRE, 1978, IPMA, 107 min. Dir. Werner Herzog. An homage to Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog’s NOSFERATU achieves its own hypnotic power by evoking a romantic past of waterfalls and mist-filled valleys, and through the eerie sensuality of Klaus Kinski’s performance. Like Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo, Kinski’s Nosferatu is driven by the need for an unknowable spiritual ecstasy - in this case, Isabelle Adjani’s ethereal Lucy. With Bruno Ganz. Director Werner Herzog to introduce screening.

 

 

Friday, March 23 – 7:30 PM

New 35mm Print! THE MYSTERY OF KASPAR HAUSER (aka EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL), 1974, New Yorker Films, 110 min. One of the landmark works of the New German Cinema, this film is based on a true story of a wild young man found wandering the streets of Nuremberg in 1828. Lead actor Bruno S. was himself a former mental patient and street musician; the pairing of the actor and character gives a startling edge to director Werner Herzog’s parable of innocence corrupted. "KASPAR HAUSER is one of the purest film examples I know of in which an artist of Romantic sensibility puts society to the test and finds it wanting. It's a reworking of the foundling myth (like Truffaut's WILD CHILD ) based on an actual 19th century incident in which a man mysteriously appeared in a German town and claimed he had been raised in a dark room with no human contact." – Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Examiner

HEART OF GLASS (HERZ AUS GLAS), 1976, New Yorker Films, 93 min. A whole town is thrown into confused despair when its foremost industry, the manufacture of "Ruby Glass," comes to an abrupt halt. The problem is that the only man who knows how the glass is made has died. Always abstract and many times absurdist, HEART OF GLASS divides its attention amongst the various townspeople as they struggle with the town’s loss as well as their own personal problems. Director Werner Herzog finds yet another creative way to use his performers by having the whole cast minus one (Josef Bierbichler as the town’s melancholy prophet-in-residence, Hias) hypnotized – all to get performances onscreen the likes of which no audience has ever seen before. It is pretty safe to say that he accomplishes just that. Ultimately, Herzog’s foray into the allegorical and abstract is an intriguingly oblique, metaphysical journey into loss, anger and despair with just the slightest glimmer of hope. Director Werner Herzog to speak between films.

 

 

Saturday, March 24 – 7:30 PM

Werner Herzog In Person!

New 35mm Print! AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD, 1972, New Yorker Films, 93 min. Klaus Kinski is Aguirre, a power hungry lunatic who leads a Spanish military expedition down the Amazon in hopes of finding El Dorado, the legendary city of gold. From the opening images of conquistadors snaking their way through the jungle, director Werner Herzog’s epic achieves a rare, operatic delirium. Laced with surreal humor - "spears are getting longer this year," notes one skewered soldier -- AGUIRRE is the first of the great Kinski - Herzog collaborations (the two reportedly met when their families shared a house together in Munich). With Helena Rojo, Del Negro.

New 35mm Print! FITZCARRALDO, 1982, IPMA, 158 min. Rubber baron and music fanatic Fitzcarraldo (Klaus Kinski) journeys down the darkest byways of the Amazon to build an opera house at the rain forest’s heart. Like his title character, director Werner Herzog reaches an ambitious pinnacle of achievement here – the staggeringly impossible odds that seem to weigh against Fitzcarraldo ever reaching his goal were mirrored by Herzog’s own attempts to complete the film (which were chronicled in Les Blank’s astonishing documentary, BURDEN OF DREAMS). Co-starring a ravishing Claudia Cardinale as Fitzcarraldo’s strong, outspoken paramour who believes in him. A must-see! Discussion in between films with director Werner Herzog.

 

 

 

Sunday, March 25 – 7:30 PM

New 35mm Print! LESSONS OF DARKNESS, 1992, IPMA, 50 min. Herzog’s meditation on the apocalypse might be called "documentary Sci-Fi;" an unseen alien visits the oil well fires of Kuwait, to the tune of Mahler and Verdi. As Herzog himself described it, "there’s none of that National Geographic telephoto lens crap – we went right in till the camera started to melt!"

GRIZZLY MAN, 2005, Lions Gate, 103 min. Director Werner Herzog chronicles the exploits of real-life grizzly bear activists, Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard who were killed while living amongst the animals in October 2003.Treadwell carried a digital video camera with him the last five summers he spent in Alaska following the grizzlies, and Herzog interweaves this amazing footage with interviews of Treadwell’s survivng friends and relatives."…the indefatigable Werner Herzog has made a brilliant documentary about an American saint and fool—a man who understands everything about nature except death…His Dr. Doolittle act worked extremely well, right up to the moment when it stopped working at all." – David Denby, The New Yorker Discussion in between films with director Werner Herzog.