Herzog Church: A Hard Fall Into Light
The Innerspace presents in conjunction with The Syndicate For The New Arts: Herzog Church, a summer long Werner Herzog retrospective at St. John's Episcopal Church. Every other Sunday throughout the summer, Herzog Blu-Rays will be projected on the giant screen in St. John’s in Ohio City. The screenings will begin at 8pm. Each night will have a theme. A $10 donation is requested but not required. Everyone welcome.
8PM: LAND OF SILENCE & DARKNESS (1971)
A testament from another plane of existence.
“As a rule, Werner Herzog's documentaries are more unearthly than his fictions. This 1971 study of Germany's deaf-blind population presents its subjects as a privileged class with access to an alternate reality. Herzog shuns the expected tone of social-worker condescension in favor of mystic's awe. A remarkable, unaccountable film.”
9:45PM: THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (1974)
“This stunning work takes Herzog’s most commonly used theme, which basically suggests society and its trappings corrupt man’s true nature, and uses it to tell the affecting true story of a man who has been raised in a basement for the first eighteen years of his life. The power of the performance by Bruno S., an ex-mental patient that Herzog cast as Kaspar, cannot be underestimated here. His flat affect and emotional simplicity are stunning because they represent what’s probably the purest individual on screen outside of Dreyer’s Joan of Arc. Because of his sheer lack of perspective, Kaspar is in a unique position to truly reject science, religion, philosophy, and logic. Because of that, the decency that emerges from him feels like proof of man’s propensity toward goodness. His eventual defeat becomes profoundly moving because of society’s failure to recognize him as the testament that he is.”