And the moral of this story is, never eat peas.
The Hyderabad Film Club is organising a 5-day retrospective of Werner Herzog films, from 5th to 10th June, at the Sarathi Studios in Ameerpet. Today, the last day, Woyzeck is the second film that will be screened, at 7:30pm.
Franz Woyzeck, a lowly soldier stationed in a provincial German town, is the father of an illegitimate child by his mistress Marie. Woyzeck earns extra money for his family by performing menial jobs for the Captain, and agreeing to take part in medical experiments conducted by the Doctor.
As one of these experiments, the Doctor tells Woyzeck that he must eat nothing but peas. It is obvious that Woyzeck's mental health is breaking down, and he begins to experience a series of apocalyptic visions.
Meanwhile, Marie grows tired of Woyzeck and turns her attentions to a handsome drum-major. With his jealous suspicions growing, Woyzeck confronts the drum-major, who beats him up and humiliates him. Finally, Woyzeck stabs Marie to death by a pool.
The original play fragment by Büchner ends with Woyzeck disposing of the knife in the pool, although most renditions, including Werner Herzog's movie, extrapolate this with him drowning while trying to hide the knife in even deeper waters.
Werner Herzog (born Werner Stipetic on September 5, 1942) is a critically and internationally acclaimed German film director, screenwriter, actor and opera director. He is often associated with the German New Wave movement (also called New German Cinema), along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Volker Schlöndorff, Wim Wenders and others. His films often feature heroes with impossible dreams or people with unique talents in obscure fields.
Herzog's films have received considerable critical acclaim and achieved popularity on the arthouse circuit. They have also been the subject of controversy in regard to their themes and messages, especially the circumstances surrounding their creation. A notable example is Fitzcarraldo, in which the obsessiveness of the central character is mirrored by the director in the making of his film.
His treatment of subjects has been characterized as Wagnerian in its scope, as Fitzcarraldo and his later film Invincible (2001) are directly inspired by opera or operatic themes. He is proud of never using storyboards and often improvising large parts of the script, as he explains on the commentary track to Aguirre: The Wrath Of God.
Herzog and his films have won and been nominated for many awards over the years. Most notably, Herzog won the best director award for Fitzcarraldo at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Grizzly Man, directed by Herzog, won the Alfred P Sloan Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
He was honored at the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival, receiving the 2006 Film Society Directing Award. Four of his films have been shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival throughout the years - Herdsmen Of The Sun in 1990, Bells From The Deep in 1993, Lessons Of Darkness in 1993, and Wild Blue Yonder in 2006.
The screenings are open for members of HFC only. Please contact Bh S S Prakash Reddy of the Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841/93910-20243 for further details.