Patten Lecture: The Transformative Role of Music in Film


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Patten Lecture: The Transformative Role of Music in Film

  1. Thursday, September 13, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Film director Werner Herzog will deliver a Patten Lecture titled The Transformative Role of Music in Film.

Cinema is the art form closest to music. Music has an undeniably important role in film, which will be demonstrated with clips from renowned directors such as Satyajit Ray and the Taviani brothers, citing their masterful and influential use of music. They demonstrate the ability of music to heighten the emotional shape and impact of a scene. Music and image can also transform each other via juxtaposition, affecting the audience’s perspectives on narrative, character, and theme, producing emotions and ideas that do not exist in the image alone.


Werner Herzog’s range of work across artistic disciplines is unequalled. He has directed over 50 films and 20 opera productions on six continents, and has published numerous books, screenplays and articles. Established as one of the leading figures of world cinema, he has developed a powerful artistic vision with a capacity for critical reflection.

As a director, Werner Herzog challenges the lines between traditional, narrative feature and documentary film, and has even called his fictional film Fitzcarraldo the best documentary of his career. He proclaims that, “ is possible to reach a deeper stratum of truth—a poetic, ecstatic truth, which is mysterious and can only be grasped with effort; one attains it through vision, style, and craft”.

These events are sponsored by the William T. Patten Foundation and IU Cinema. The Patten Lecture series invites eminent writers, scholars, and artists to the Bloomington campus, offering stimulating opportunities for intellectual exchanges and artistic expressions. For more details, visit

Click here to view the series pages from the Fall 2012 Program Book, providing details on Werner Herzog's visit to Indiana Unviersity.