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Distinguished Lecture Series

Monday, April 9, 2018: Werner Herzog

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The Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series at Boise State University presents Award-winning filmmaker, director, author and actor Werner Herzog at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9 at the Morrison Center. His remarks are titled “Fake News and Ecstatic Truth.”

This event is free and open to the public. Parking at no charge.

Werner Herzog’s Bio

Herzog was born in Germany in the midst of World War II. He is a leader of the postwar cinema movement in West Germany, a distinction he shares with directors like Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders. Herzog’s films typically portray characters in extreme physical and psychological situations, and often in conflict with nature.

As a recent article in Rolling Stone noted, he has chronicled “the weird, the wild and the obsessed” in more that 70 films over the course of 55 years, continually asking the question, “how far is too far?” in both feature films and documentaries. As one example, he shot “Heart of Glass” (1976), a story about a Bavarian glassmaker taking his technique for making ruby glass to his grave, with the entire cast under hypnosis.

Herzog’s most well-known films include “Aguirre,” “Wrath of God” (1972), which tells the story of a 16th-century Spanish explorer leading a hopeless expedition in search of a city of gold; “Grizzly Man” (2005), a documentary about an animal activist, ultimately killed by a bear, and “Fitzcarraldo” (1982), the story of a man determined to pull a steamship over a Peruvian mountain to reach a rich rubber territory. Filming took two years. Herzog’s crew famously pulled a real steamship over a mountain — a feat that inspired its own documentary.

More recent projects also take audiences to new territories, literally and figuratively. Herzog filmed volcano scientists and live volcanos in his 2016 Netflix documentary “Into the Inferno.” And he delved into the impact of the Internet and the virtual world on human life in the 2016 documentary, “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.”

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support:

Buffington Mohr McNeal

Boise State Public Radio

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The Boise State Distinguished Lecture Series was created to promote the discussion of important issues.

The Distinguished Lecture Series brings eminent speakers to Boise State University from the realm of politics, academics, and humanitarian activism to promote the discussion of important issues and to enrich our campus and community.

The lectures are free of charge. The Distinguished Lecture Series is presented by the Honors College and President’s Office at Boise State University.