An Evening with Werner Herzog

Thursday, February 8 at 8pm
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2018 Coolidge Award honoree and internationally acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog joins us for an in-depth discussion of his career, moderated by his friend and collaborator, Boston University classics professor Herbert Golder. 


About Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog is widely known for his prolific and daring body of cinematic work, including both narrative and documentary masterpieces. He began his film career in the early 1960s and quickly established himself as a powerhouse within the evolving New German Cinema movement of the 1970s. Over the next several decades Herzog would challenge and inspire movie-going audiences with his stunning excessive realism, eccentric and deeply intense protagonists, and poignant visions of anti-conformity. Hailed by critics and colleagues alike, Francois Truffaut famously cited Herzog as “the most important film director alive.” He has produced, written, and directed more than sixty feature and documentary films comprising such world-cinema classics as Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972), The Enigma of Kasper Hauser: Every Man For Himself and God Against All (1974), Nosferatu (1978), Fitzcarraldo (1982), Lessons of Darkness (1992), Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1997), My Best Fiend (1999), Grizzly Man (2005), and Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010). In addition to his dynamic directorial career, Herzog has published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas.

About the Moderator 

Herbert Golder is Professor of Classical Studies and Editor-in- Chief of Arion, A Journal of Humanities and the Classics, at Boston University He was previously General Editor (with William Arrowsmith) of The Greek Tragedy in New Translations series published by Oxford University Press. Having translated Greek drama for the page and the stage, he has likewise published widely on a variety of classical and related subjects. He has also worked in film, notably with Werner Herzog, on ten films, features and documentaries. Golder’s recent film, Ballad of A Righteous Merchant, documenting Herzog at work on a feature film co-written with him, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, is currently playing in festivals.