Masterpieces of World Cinema
This seminar is intended to be like an informal book group in which collectively we will watch one of the generally recognized great foreign films of all time, then discuss its meaning, purpose, personal impact, context—whatever strikes us as interesting about the experience of watching the film. All works will be subtitled, many–though not all–will be in black and white, and all will be groundbreaking contributions to the genre.
The film for this meeting will be Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972), which follows the exploits of the Spanish explorer Lope de Aguirre and his conquistadores as they battle the Amazonian jungle to discover El Dorado, the city of gold. This is German director Werner Herzog’s most acclaimed film and one of five collaborations with the explosive, brilliant actor Klaus Kinski. Herzog filmed his movie at great peril to his actors with a single hand-held camera in the Peruvian rainforest, making it a stunning visual experience.
A discussion will follow, led by Gordon Massman.
Gordon Massman taught literature and film at Endicott College and The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts before moving to Camden in May of last year. In addition to having a passionate interest in masterpieces of world cinema, he has published several volumes of poetry with The New York Quarterly Press and individual work in magazines and journals across the U.S. and Canada.