A leader of the New German Cinema movement alongside R.W. Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. A master documentarian (and he himself the subject of multiple docs). A narrator with that voice, lending his impeccable, one-of-a-kind delivery to a selection of his own works and beyond. A sometime actor, most notably in a pair of films by Harmony Korine. There is perhaps no more monumental a figure in cinema alive today than Werner Herzog. Perfectly described by Janet Maslin of The New York Times as the “consummate poet of doom,” the Munich-born director/producer/writer of over 60 fictional and doc features made his first short work at age 19 and is still fearlessly forging ahead at 78, with a drive as intense as many of the characters he has captured on screen. 

We are pleased to present an assortment of some of his most celebrated work—16 films often portraying unusual obsessions, encompassing both fact and fiction, and sometimes the precarious space in between, including the two titles he made with his precious discovery Bruno S. (The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and Stroszek), and all of the six of the storied collaborations with his partner in madness, Klaus Kinski (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Fitzcarraldo, Cobra Verde, and the doc detailing their explosive and highly entertaining relationship, My Best Fiend). The fact that Herzog is the only filmmaker to have worked with Kinski more than once is a true testament to his ferocious dedication. As Korine has put it: “He is a pure artist and maniac and there will never be another one like Herzog.”
Special thanks to Bret Berg.