February 16, 2007
The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:
A conversation with Werner Herzog, one of the greatest living film directors of our times. His films include Aguirre, The Wrath of God, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Nosferatu, Fitzcarraldo, Even Dwarfs Started Small, and Grizzly Man. Filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn (My Architect) will introduce the evening.
About Werner Herzog
Born in Munich, director, screenwriter, producer, and actor Werner Herzog grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and never saw films, television, or telephones as a child. He started traveling on foot from the age of 14 and made his first phone call at the age of 17. During high school he worked the nightshift as a welder in a steel factory to produce films and made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Since then he has become one of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema producing, writing, and directing more than forty films, publishing more than a dozen books of prose, and directing as many operas. Herzog quickly gained notoriety not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in the history of the medium, but for pushing himself and his crew to unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. With the soon to be released of Rescue Dawn, Werner Herzog returns to direct a feature film inspired by his own 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, which details the escape efforts of a German-American pilot who was taken as a prisoner-of-war after being shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War.
About Nathaniel Kahn
Nathaniel Kahn is a filmmaker. His feature length documentary, My Architect, about his father the architect Louis Kahn, played theatrically worldwide and was nominated for an Academy Award and an Independent Spirit Award. In 2004, Mr. Kahn was the recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary. His latest film, Two Hands, a short documentary about legendary pianist Leon Fleisher, is nominated for an Academy Award this year.
About Paul Holdengräber
Paul Holdengräber is the Director of Public Programs - now known as "LIVE from the NYPL" - for The Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.
*These annual lectures made possible by an endowed fund established by the friends and associates of the late Richard B. Salomon.