With a body of work that spans over five decades and is still growing, Herzog has cemented his legacy as not only a trailblazer of postwar German cinema, but as an icon in the world of film itself.
Admission for the evening is $25 for current Facets members and $35 for non-members (purchase includes a one-month Facets membership). Seating is extremely limited. Click here for tickets.
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The Most Interesting Director of the 1970s
Roger Ebert described Herzog as “the most interesting director of the 1970s” when he moderated Herzog’s first master class at Facets in 1979.
At the time, Herzog’s canon included his breakthrough historical drama, Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972), in which Klaus Kinski led a doomed search for El Dorado through the Amazon, and Heart of Glass (1976) for which he hypnotized most of the cast.
Since then, the director has continued to revolutionize cinema with pioneering films like Grizzly Man (2005), Encounters at the End of the World (2007), Caves of Forgotten Dreams (2010), On Death Row (2012), Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016), and Meeting Gorbachev (2019).
“More than a filmmaker, Werner Herzog has been an empowering life force, giving other filmmakers and all of us the courage to reach beyond our limits, to embrace the mysterious, and to understand the inexplicable,” says Facets Founder and Artistic Director Milos Stehlik. “The images in his films resonate to the far reaches of our world but also to our cells, underscoring the terror, beauty and fragility of our bodies and our planet.”
Following the master class will be a Q&A session offering unique insight into the mind of the iconoclastic auteur. This event presents a rare opportunity for Facets Members and the Chicago arts community to directly engage with the renowned filmmaker. A singular voice in the world of cinema, Werner Herzog’s boldness and independent spirit have permanently expanded the horizons of what filmmaking can be.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 11 | Facets (1517 W Fullerton Ave)
$35 for non-members (includes a one-month Facets membership)
$25 for current Facets Members
Click here to purchase.
Seating is extremely limited.
About Werner Herzog
A founder of New German Cinema, opera director, author, teacher, and the director of over 70 feature films and documentaries, few filmmakers can claim to have as profound an influence on cinema as Werner Herzog. From his breakthrough Aguirre: the Wrath of God (1972), in which Klaus Kinski led a doomed search for El Dorado through the Amazon, to Heart of Glass (1976) for which he hypnotized most of the cast, Herzog’s pioneering films revolutionized cinema.
Herzog is a prolific director of documentaries which include Grizzly Man (2005), Encounters at the End of the World (2007), and Caves of Forgotten Dreams (2010). His recent output has expanded to exhaustive probing of society as in the recent series On Death Row (2012), the film Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected (2016), a history of the internet, and his most recent film, Meeting Gorbachev (2019).
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