"If I had to climb into hell and wrestle the devil himself for one of my films, I would do it." With this statement, director Werner Herzog aptly illustrated his near-obsessive drive behind the making of his films. It also symbolizes the obsessiveness of many characters in his films, given that the worlds Herzog paints on the silver screen are often populated by outsiders, eccentrics, and monomaniacal loners.
With more than fifty feature films and documentaries to his name, Werner Herzog (Munich, 1942) is one of post-war Germany's most productive directors, and without a doubt one of its most influential ones, together with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff, and Wim Wenders. Reason enough for Rialto to present Summer with Herzog on Monday and Friday nights (and two Wednesday nights) in June and July, a small programme with seven exceptional films from the director's impressive oeuvre — seven award-winning films with rebellious dwarfs, actors under hypnosis, crazed conquistadors, and brooding vampires.