I saw my second Warner Herzog film today at the Visual Arts Center, Heart of Glass, from 1976.
Previously, I had seen Grizzly Man, which was about a really strange character who spent his life tempting fate with bears.
So I knew going in that Herzog is an Oscar-nominated German film director and screenwriter, with a taste for the odd.
Most of the audience today came because it was a Herzog film being shown.
The director's trademark is a large amount of improvised script; in today's movie, it was even odder, because almost all the actors performed under hypnosis.
So imagine zombie-like actors improvising their lines and you get some idea of how weird this film came across.
The setting is an 18th century Bavarian town with a glass-blowing factory that produces a unique ruby-red glass.
Unfortunately for the town, the master glass blower dies and the secret to producing the red glass is lost.
As a result, the town gradually sinks into disorder and madness...in a hypnotic sort of way.
I hadn't known that the Visual Arts Center had a Saturday film series and now I do.
As for Herzog, I may need to try another film or two, but I'll make sure I'm in the mood for something strange, since it appears to be a given that that's what Herzog will deliver.
But sometimes nothing but strange will do.