Last Monday we faced some technical challenges. The screening of the Herzog/Lynch movie did not take place. For this Monday’s screening everything is back on track for the first collaboration between legendary filmmakers David Lynch and Werner Herzog 

(2009, 91 min., dir. W Herzog, prod. D Lynch, starring Willem Dafoe, Udo Klier, English with German subtitles) 


TIME: 5.00 p.m.

VENUE: Howard College MTB, West Wing First Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251  

About the film:
In this classic Herzogian study of visionary madness and obsession, played out this time with mordant irony against the blandness of suburban San Diego, Brad, a brooding man-child who lives with his mom, gradually goes nuts, saying and doing increasingly unhinged (and funny) things to his clueless loved ones, played by goofy character actors like Udo Kier, Grace Zabriskie and Chloe Sevigny. Willem Dafoe plays the equally clueless detective called in when Brad, inevitably, explodes in a single (off-screen) act of violence. All the usual Herzog flourishes are here, though often played small: odd animals, oddball people, grimly threatening nature, useless bureaucratic procedures, civilization and its hapless inhabitants struggling to maintain order and etiquette in the face of the world’s natural madness, violence and chaos. It’s a wacky, Herzogian comedy of manners, very much in the tradition of many of his films from Dwarfs through Stroszek to Grizzly Man. If you like Herzog you’ll probably like it; if not, maybe not. (

Herzog describes the film as “a horror film without the blood, chainsaws and gore, but with a strange, anonymous fear creeping up in you.” The film is an international co-production between the United States and Germany. The film was conceived and written in 1995, but Herzog and co-writer Herbert Golder were unable to find anyone to produce it. Lynch eventually became interested, and production was planned to begin in the Summer of 2008, but was postponed in favor of Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Filming began around San Diego, California in March 2009. It was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, the first time that two films in one year by the same director were nominated.  

For more details please contact:  

Dr Marion Pape
Head, German Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
School of Arts
Durban, 4041
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242


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