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Werner Herzog: Part 2

Throughout the half-century of his filmmaking career, Werner Herzog has remained admirably and unswervingly true to his own ideas, interests and obsessions. Indeed, even to use the word ‘career’ is perhaps misreading, since for Herzog making films appears to be as crucial to his sense of being alive as drawing breath.

Introduction by Geoff Andrew:

One should never underestimate the wit at work in Herzog’s films; for all his forays into the darkest realms of human experience, he is never humourless.

Like many of the greatest filmmakers, Herzog far prefers asking questions to proffering answers. Most of all, he wonders how and why people do things. Why do they consciously place themselves in great danger? How do they manage to survive the most intolerable misfortune, cruelty and adversity? What do they believe in, and why?

Herzog’s films focus on the essence of what it means to be human. From Signs of Life to On Death Row, he has returned again and again to that fundamental theme, but done so in an impressive and enormously entertaining variety of ways, constantly refining both his methods and his questions. Clearly, Herzog finds life endlessly strange and mysterious, and the intelligence, idiosyncrasy and compassionate integrity of his research are to the advantage of us all.

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Season supported by the Goethe Institut and Werner Herzog Film