REGIS DIALOGUE: WERNER HERZOG AND ROGER EBERT
THE GREAT ECSTASY OF THE FILMMAKER HERZOG
APRIL 30, 1999,
$15 WALKER MEMBERS (Any remaining tickets are available to non-members for $20 beginning Tuesday, April 13.)
Werner Herzog is joined by celebrated film critic Roger Ebert in a discussion of Herzog's extraordinary career, punctuated with excerpts from several of his films.
One of the major figures of the New German Cinema, Herzog was the member of that "fatherless generation" whose work most reflected the brilliance of the "grandfathers"--the masters of silent cinema such as Fritz Lang, G. W. Pabst, and especially F. W. Murnau. But where Alexander Kluge, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, or Volker Schlöndorff sought to awaken a German consciousness, Herzog's cinema turned inward and focused on solitude, impossibility, and passion. His work received early critical acclaim, and while still in his mid-twenties, Herzog was recognized as the leader of a new generation in German film. The 1970s brought his work to an international audience, a success that affected little of his working methods or deeper artistic concerns. Throughout his remarkable career, he has continued to freely shift between making large-scale fiction features and his unique "directed" documentaries, producing cabaret shows, directing opera, and most importantly, to writing. After more than three decades, Herzog remains one of the masters of the medium, an artist whose has response to a "universe filled with nothingness" has been an array of ecstatic visions.