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Three fascinating documentaries by Werner Herzog explore the ways in which humankind interacts with the majesty of nature, resulting in experiences of fervor and sublimity. Complements the exhibition Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul.

This film series is intended for teen and adult audiences.

Free, reservations required.


The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner

Saturday, December 7, 2013
4:00 p.m.
Directed by Werner Herzog
(1974, 45 minutes, dvd)

Champion ski-jumper Walter Steiner can fly. He also faces death at every jump. Herzog comments on, interviews, and envies this amazing athlete whose notion of living is so different from those of us on the ground.


Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Saturday, December 7, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Directed by Werner Herzog
(2010, 90 minutes, 35mm)

Allowed access to the Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc in France for a few short days, Herzog brings to life the incredible cave paintings made some 35,000 years ago. The beauty of the art is ageless and its meaning, mystifying.


Encounters at the End of the World

Sunday, December 8, 2013
3:00 p.m.
Directed by Werner Herzog
(2007, 99 minutes, HDCAM)

Herzog visits Antarctica to interview its temporary human inhabitants, questioning how the extreme environment affects their work and their minds. His photographers also go beneath the ice to film breathtaking and rarely seen aquatic worlds.

How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.