Parables Of Folly And Madness: 8 Early Herzog Classics At FSLC

Dustin Chang, Contributing Writer
With his latest, somber Public Service Announcement on the dangers of texting-while-driving, One Minute to the Next and the new T. E. Lawrence/Gertrude Bell project, Queen of the Desert on the way, there seems to be no sign of slowing down for 71-year old Werner Herzog.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center however, is taking a breather by hosting a mini-retro of the early films of Werner Herzog: Parables of Folly and Madness. It is a rare opportunity to watch the prolific German filmmaker's 8 earlier films all in stunning 35mm. These timeless parables showcase Herzog's consistent, singular view on human existence. The retrospective includes Herzog's much celebrated collaborations with Klaus Kinski (Aguirre, Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo and Woyzeck), and Bruno S. (Enigma of Caspar Hauser, Stroszek).

For this piece I decided to present his lesser known, seldom seen films -- Signs of Life (1968), Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) and Heart of Glass (1976). As I revisit these films, I am astounded by how each of his films is completely unique and original. Also, I can't think of any other filmmaker whose filmmaking process becomes as much a part of the whole film viewing experience than Herzog. It's those crazy on-set anecdotes and crazier methods he applied in each film you've read about and seen and countless other 'Herzog myths' over the years that make you appreciate his films more.

Werner Herzog: Parables of Folly and Madness runs August 16-22. For dates and tickets please visit FSLC website.
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