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BURDENED WITH DREAMS: EARLY HERZOG

November at the Trylon

From the start, Werner Herzog eschewed the eroticism and political focus of his New German Cinema peers, focusing instead on men desperate for power and dignity. He had two muses: the raving megalomaniac Klaus Kinski and the shy outsider artist Bruno Schleinstein, both of whom helped forge his singular, darkly serious style. Promotional support for this series is provided by the Germanic-American Institute (gaimn.org).

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Sun, October 31

NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE

(1979, DCP, 107m, German w/English subtitles) dir Werner Herzog w/Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz. This lush reworking of F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) spotlights the notoriously difficult Kinski as the vampire, while Adjani gives a shimmering portrait of vulnerability and erotic horror as the woman whose pure heart can defeat him. Read more at Perisphere. SUN 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00 9:15

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Starts Fri, November 5

AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD

(1972, DCP, 95m, German w/English subtitles) dir Werner Herzog w/Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Ruy Guerra. In the 16th century, a monomaniacal conquistador (Kinski) leads an expedition down the Amazon searching for the mythical city of El Dorado. Herzog emphasizes the brutality of the Catholic conquest of South America, with Aguirre slowly unraveling in the boundless Amazonian jungle. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00

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Starts Sun, November 7

MY BEST FIEND

(1999, DCP, 95m, German w/English subtitles) dir Werner Herzog w/Klaus Kinski, Werner Herzog. Eight years after Kinski’s death, his longtime collaborator and antagonist exhumed the monster in this fascinating documentary. Herzog’s film dredges up all the muck and lays bare the stormy relationship of the two megalomaniacs. SUN 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00 9:00

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Starts Sat, November 13

COBRA VERDE

(1987, DCP, 111m, German w/English subtitles) dir Werner Herzog w/Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy. Cinematographer Viktor Ruzicka brings a lurid beauty to Herzog and Kinski’s final film together, the brutal story of a 19th-century Brazilian bandit (Kinski) who’s sent to West Africa to help reactivate Brazil’s slave trade. SAT/SUN 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00 9:15

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Starts Fri, November 19

FITZCARRALDO

(1982, DCP, 158m, German w/English subtitles) dir Werner Herzog w/Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy. An Irishman (Kinski) forcefully pursues his dream of building an opera house in the Amazon—and sees the local indigenous people as expendable labor. Arguably Herzog’s finest. Read more at Perisphere. FRI/SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 6:00

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Starts Mon, November 22

WOYZECK

(1979, DCP, 82m, German w/English subtitles) dir Werner Herzog w/Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes, Wolfgang Reichmann. Woyzeck (Kinski), a soldier full of frustration and madness, comes to question his wife’s fidelity. Kinski is at his most unhinged, while Herzog’s cinematography is at its most controlled. MON/TUE 7:00 9:00

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Starts Fri, November 26

STROSZEK

(1977, DCP, 115m, German w/English subtitles) dir Werner Herzog w/Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Clemens Scheitz. Stroszek (Bruno Schleinstein, credited as “S”) is a shy Berlin ex-con thrown headlong into 1970s America. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Thomas Mauch in Wisconsin towns such as Madison and Plainfield. Read more at Perisphere. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:15 SUN 3:00 5:15

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Starts Sun, November 28

THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER

(1974, DCP, 110m, German w/English subtitles) dir Werner Herzog w/Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira. Kaspar Hauser (Bruno Schleinstein, credited as “S”) emerges in 1828 Munich, unable to talk and holding a strange note. In this early film, Herzog explores the brutality and wonder of the human mind. SUN 7:30 MON/TUE 7:00 9:15

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