Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Colloquium for Unpopular Culture present "Think Herzog," to mark the publication of Richard Eldrige's book Werner Herzog: Filmmaker and Philosopher. Richard Eldridge will be in conversation with fellow Herzogian David LaRocca about seeing and knowing and laughing, about flares and abysses, about indifference and the sky.
"Academia stifles cinema, encircling it like a liana vine wraps round a tree, smothering and draining away all life." (Werner Herzog)
Werner Herzog has often disdained academia. Anything that smacks of formal philosophy is hateful to him. Yet, across seven decades of making visionary cinema, his films have posed painful, elemental questions about the nature and ends of existence.
According to his longtime co-writer and sometime assistant director Herbert Golder, "The miracle at the heart of Herzog's films is mankind's relentless struggle to find meaning, despite the indifference and hostility of the universe. However barren and parched the wasteland, however ice-encased and sheer the mountain, however fathomless the abyss, however dense and overgrown the jungle, the human spirit digs in, sends up its flare and ultimately writes its will across the sky in stars."
About the panelists:
Richard Eldridge is the Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. His books include Werner Herzog - Filmmaker and Philosopher; Leading A Human Life: Wittgenstein, Intentionality, and Romanticism; and Beyond Representation: Philosophy and Poetic Imagination.
David La Rocca has taught philosophy and cinema, held visiting positions at Harvard, Ithaca College, and Vanderbilt, and written and edited many books, including The Philosophy of Charlie Kaufman; The Philosophy of War Films; and The Philosophy of Documentary Film: Image, Sound, Fiction, Truth. He has participated in Werner Herzog's Rogue Film School.
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"Think Herzog!" is a DAAD-sponsored event.