Werner Herzog: Feats of Madness

Friday 18 – Tuesday 22 October 2013

This week, we’re taking a look at the amazing first phase of Werner Herzog’s long and idiosyncratic career. This fearless maestro of impossible feats, anarchic follies, and bleak visions, Herzog dazzled the film world of the day with his surreal exploration of the human condition.

We will be screening among others the iconic Fitzcarraldo, the harrowing Aguirre, the Wrath of God, and his very first feature, Signs of Life. Herzog’s films are meant to be seen in the cinema, and we will be presenting all of these on 35mm!


Friday, October 18th, 2013

  • 5:00pm: Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • 7:15pm: Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • 9:30pm: Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

  • 5:00pm: Fitzcarraldo
  • 8:30pm: Burden of Dreams

Monday, October 21st, 2013

  • 6:00pm: Signs of Life
  • 8:00pm: Kaspar Hauser

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

  • 6:00pm: Stroszek
  • 8:30pm: Nosferatu the Vampyre

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

  • 6:00pm: Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • 8:30pm: Heart of Glass

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

  • 4:30pm: Nosferatu the Vampyre


  • Fri 18 Oct 2013, 5:00pm
  • Fri 18 Oct 2013, 7:15pm
  • Tue 22 Oct 2013, 8:30pm
  • Wed 23 Oct 2013, 6:00pm
  • Thu 24 Oct 2013, 4:30pm

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

directed by Werner Herzog starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz in German, English, Romanian with English subtitles

Jonathan Harker is an estate agent in Wismar, Germany. His boss, Renfield, informs him that nobleman Count Dracula (Klaus Kinski in his most sneering, malevolent role!) wishes to buy a property in Wismar, and assigns Harker to visit the count and complete the lucrative deal. Leaving his young wife Lucy (a mesmerizing Isabelle Adjani) behind, Harker travels to Transylvania, to the castle of Count Dracula. Herzog’s hypnotic adaptation of the silent classic will be presented in a new film restoration of its original German version!

  • Fri 18 Oct 2013, 9:30pm

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

directed by Werner Herzog starring Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra, Helena Rojo in German with English subtitles

The story follows the travels of Spanish soldier Lope de Aguirre, who leads a group of conquistadores down the Orinoco and Amazon River in South America in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado.

  • Sun 20 Oct 2013, 5:00pm

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

directed by Werner Herzog starring Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy in German with English subtitles

The story of a would-be rubber baron’s (Klaus Kinski) attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle is one of the most ambitious and fascinating testaments to the power of filmmaking. Herzog’s determination to shoot the most daunting scenes of the film without models or special effects, including a sequence requiring hundreds of native Amazonians to pull a full-size, 320-ton steamship over a small mountain, was a five year, life-threatening ordeal for the filmmaker and crew.

  • Sun 20 Oct 2013, 8:30pm

Burden of Dreams (1982)

directed by Les Blank starring Werner Herzog in English, Spanish, German, Portuguese with English subtitles

For nearly five years, Werner Herzog desperately tried to complete one of the most ambitious and difficult films of his career, FITZCARRALDO, the story of one man’s attempt to build an opera house deep in the Amazon jungle. Master documentarian Les Blank captured the unfolding of this arduous production, including the tribulations of dragging a 320-ton steamship over a mountain. The result is an extraordinary document of the filmmaking process and a unique look into the single-minded mission of one of cinema’s most fearless directors.

  • Mon 21 Oct 2013, 6:00pm

Signs of Life (1968)

directed by Werner Herzog starring Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg in German with English subtitles

Werner Herzog’s first feature centers on three German soldiers during WWII withdrawn from combat when one of them, Stroszek (Peter Brogle), is wounded. They are assigned to a small coastal community on the Greek island of Kos while Stroszek recuperates. The men become increasingly stir crazy in their uneventful new assignment, and one of them eventually goes…mad.

  • Mon 21 Oct 2013, 8:00pm

Kaspar Hauser (1974)

directed by Werner Herzog starring Bruno Schleinstein, Walter Ladengast in German, English with English subtitles

The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno Schleinstein), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time, devoid of all human contact except for a man, wearing a black overcoat and top hat, who feeds him.

  • Tue 22 Oct 2013, 6:00pm

Stroszek (1977)

directed by Werner Herzog starring Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz in English, German, Turkish

In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin.

  • Wed 23 Oct 2013, 8:30pm

Heart of Glass (1974)

directed by Werner Herzog starring Josef Bierbichler, Stefan Güttler, Clemens Scheitz in German with English subtitles

Herzog hypnotized the entire cast and crew during shooting for this tale of an 18th-century Bavarian glassblowing town whose coveted ruby red glass recipe is lost forever with the death of the town’s master glassblower. Believed to have magical properties, the local Baron is obsessed with the ruby glass, and with the loss of the secret, he soon descends into madness along with the rest of the townspeople. Hias, a seer from the hills, foresees the fiery destruction of the factory amongst the madness.

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