Kinski always says it’s full of erotic elements. I don’t see it so much erotic. I see it more full of obscenity. It’s just – Nature here is vile and base. I wouldn’t see anything erotical here. I would see fornication and asphyxiation and choking and fighting for survival and… growing and… just rotting away. Of course, there’s a lot of misery. But it is the same misery that is all around us. The trees here are in misery, and the birds are in misery. I don’t think they – they sing. They just screech in pain. It’s an unfinished country. It’s still prehistorical. The only thing that is lacking is – is the dinosaurs here. It’s like a curse weighing on an entire landscape. And whoever… goes too deep into this has his share of this curse. So we are cursed with what we are doing here. It’s a land that God, if he exists has – has created in anger. It’s the only land where – where creation is unfinished yet. Taking a close look at – at what’s around us there – there is some sort of a harmony. It is the harmony of… overwhelming and collective murder. And we in comparison to the articulate vileness and baseness and obscenity of all this jungle – Uh, we in comparison to that enormous articulation – we only sound and look like badly pronounced and half-finished sentences out of a stupid suburban… novel… a cheap novel. We have to become humble in front of this overwhelming misery and overwhelming fornication… overwhelming growth and overwhelming lack of order. Even the – the stars up here in the – in the sky look like a mess. There is no harmony in the universe. We have to get acquainted to this idea that there is no real harmony as we have conceived it. But when I say this, I say this all full of admiration for the jungle. It is not that I hate it, I love it. I love it very much. But I love it against my better judgment.
One week from today, Metro Classics will be back for the autumn, with eleven films over nine consecutive Wednesdays. We’re focusing on directors this time around, with three weeks each of Werner Herzog, Terrence Malick and Howard Hawks. There will be two double features: Halloween night we’re playing Herzog’s Nosferatu, The Vampyre with FW Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony Of Horror and Dec. 5th we’ll have a pair of Howard Hawks screwball comedies with His Girl Friday and Twentieth Century. Two Classics for the price of one! Eleven Classics for the price of nine!!!
The full schedule is:
Oct. 24 – Fitzcarraldo
Oct. 31 – Nosferatu Double Feature
Nov. 7 – Aguirre, The Wrath Of God
Nov. 14 – Days Of Heaven
Nov. 21 – The New World
Nov. 28 – The Thin Red Line
Dec. 5 – His Girl Friday/Twentieth Century
Dec. 12 – The Big Sleep
Dec. 19 – Red River
All films but the Murnau and The Big Sleep are 35mm. Showtimes and tickets are available at Landmark Theatres. Hope to see you there!