Werner Herzog: Parables of Folly and Madness

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Journey with Werner Herzog (and Klaus Kinski) through the amazing first phase of the great German maverick’s career. The fearless maestro of impossible feats, anarchic follies and bleak visions, Herzog dazzled the film world of the day with his idiosyncratic and absurd take on the human condition. Eight films you can’t afford to miss—in 35mm!

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Werner Herzog | 1972 | 93 mins

Klaus Kinski in the house! In his first collaboration with Herzog, he’s a Spanish conquistador leading a doomed, increasingly surreal Amazon expedition in search of gold and finding only death and… madness.

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Friday, August 16

6:30pm

Sunday, August 18

1:30pm
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Every Man For Himself and God Against All)

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Every Man For Himself and God Against All)

Werner Herzog | 1974 | 110 mins

Released in 1828 after having been kept in captivity since infancy, Kaspar (unforgettably played by Bruno S.), learns to speak and struggles to adapt to society’s conventions and logic. A truly weird portrait of a stranger in a strange land.

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Friday, August 16

8:45pm

Sunday, August 18

3:45pm
Even Dwarfs Started Small

Even Dwarfs Started Small

Werner Herzog | 1970 | 96 mins

The lunatics take over the asylum and anarchy reigns in this deranged parody of human society, performed by a cast consisting entirely of dwarfs. Watch out for the crucified monkey!

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Saturday, August 17

4:15pm

Tuesday, August 20

8:30pm
Fitzcarraldo

Fitzcarraldo

Werner Herzog | 1982 | 158 mins

Herzog’s most legendary feat of filmmaking folly: Kinski is an opera aficionado intent on building an opera house in the Peruvian jungle. To get there, he enlists a tribe of Indians with their own agenda to haul his riverboat by hand over a mountain. To fulfill his vision, Herzog does likewise.

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Sunday, August 18

8:00pm

Thursday, August 22

8:30pm
Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass

Werner Herzog | 1976 | 94 mins

Herzog placed his entire cast in a hypnotic trance state for this fable of a herdsman’s visions of the future and a village going insane after its glass factory loses the formula for its fabulous, much-prized ruby glass.

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Saturday, August 17

6:30pm

Wednesday, August 21

9:00pm
Signs of Life

Signs of Life

Werner Herzog, | 1968 | 91 mins

Herzog’s feature debut about three bored German soldiers guarding an isolated outpost in occupied Greece contains two of the director’s key motifs: landscape and... madness.

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Saturday, August 17

2:00pm

Tuesday, August 20

6:30pm
Stroszek

Stroszek

Werner Herzog | 1977 | 115 mins

Outsider artist and musician Bruno S. reteams with Herzog for this indelible vision of American despair: released from prison, an accordion player sets up house with a prostitute. When the going gets tough, they emigrate and wind up in a Wisconsin wasteland of modern entropy.

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Saturday, August 17

8:45pm

Wednesday, August 21

6:30pm
Woyzeck

Woyzeck

Werner Herzog | 1978 | 82 mins

Kinski plays another of Herzog’s pathetically absurd heroes: a continually persecuted soldier haunted by voices prophesying doom who desperately struggles to support a wife who cuckolded him. When the truth comes out, he buys a knife…

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Sunday, August 18

6:00pm

Thursday, August 22

6:30pm
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