An ill-fated 1560 expedition into the Peruvian jungle provides the narrative genesis for Herzog's groundbreaking Aguirre, which imagines a grueling trek along the Amazon River by conquistadors hungry for gold. Madness sets in as the party ventures deeper into the wilds - battling hunger, exhaustion, and attacks by natives - and the expedition's fate falls under the increasingly ruthless leadership of the title character (Klaus Kinski). Aguirre is introduced by SFMOMA curator Dominic Willsdon and followed by a discussion of the film and Herzog's work in general. Speakers include San Francisco Film Society Executive Director Graham Leggat, who awarded Herzog the 2006 SFFS Directing Award; Tom Luddy, Telluride Film Festival co-director and the first to screen Aguirre in the United States; and Johannes Fricke-Waldthausen, the Los Angeles-based curator who is the son of Herzog's principal sound collaborator, Florian Fricke.
$10 general; $8 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors. Tickets are available at the Museum (with no surcharge) or online.