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CMS 271 B: Perspectives On Film: Great Directors

Werner Herzog

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
GWN 301
Eric Ames
Eric Ames

Syllabus Description:

Great Directors: WERNER HERZOG

This course explores the making of Werner Herzog as a legendary filmmaker and cultural icon. Lectures and discussions will focus on his many films, from Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Nosferatu – The Vampyre to Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. We will also consider some of Herzog’s related activities (publishing books, directing operas, acting in films) as well as the many parodies and self-parodies of him and his work, while questioning the very idea of the “great director” and its effects in film culture.

Assignments include online discussion posts and in-class exams. VLPA


  •  To learn about Werner Herzog's work and image as a director
  •  To gain a more nuanced understanding of his many films
  •  To practice discussing them in aesthetic, cultural, and historical terms
  •  To develop a sense of authorship and auteurism as key concepts in cinema studies
Catalog Description: 
Introduction to authorship in the cinema. The work of a major director or directors.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Cinema & Media Studies Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 25, 2021 - 4:35pm