Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog – Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

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“I think anyone who claims they know what’s going to happen to the internet is not worth listening to.” This summation of the way we understand and can predict the interconnectivity of the future seems an apposite way to begin a discussion of Werner Herzog’s expansive, nebulous investigation in Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World. The notion that we can’t really know anything is catnip for a director who revels in intricate philosophical enquiry. Audiences undoubtedly excited by the lip-smacking prospect of an intent documentary from the man who asked a journalist, baffled, whether Pokémon GO resulted in murder. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit AKA Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)

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Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since adolescence, and her work on behalf of other deaf and blind people, this film shows how the deaf and blind struggle to understand and accept a world from which they are almost wholly isolated. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner AKA The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) (HD)

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This is not really a documentary about Steiner, the Swiss woodcarver and ski-flyer, nor the sport in general, nor the competition and breaking off the world record, but something more intense and esoteric — a poem of obsession, ecstasy and escape. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Portrait Werner Herzog (1986)

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A self-portrait documentary on Werner Herzog. He discusses his childhood, hiking and several of his films. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Tod für fünf Stimmen AKA Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995)

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Gesualdo was a nutcase, but a brilliant one. His madrigals are among the most moving moments in music history. You will walk away from this film realizing all of the above. While using what appears to be actual employees at the various sites of Gesualdo’s life, we are given a tour of his physical life and his music. There are performance excerpts from his madrigals. There is a learned professorial type giving us a biography of his life. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Jag Mandir (1991)

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Jag Mandir is a quiet and often overlooked film in the vast oeuvre of Werner Herzog. Apparently, 20 hours of footage was shot that covered the whole fest and the film hardly presents us a twentieth of that. A native walking into the film in between may well fail to immediately realize that it is his country that is being shown and these are figures from the mythology of various sections of his nation. You might take if for a scene from a procession in Thailand or a sketch from festival from Africa or even a snapshot from the gala celebrations in Brazil. Such is the diversity it presents that it reminds us of those clichés about Indian culture. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Julianes Sturz in den Dschungel AKA Wings of Hope (2000)

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Werner Herzog returns to the South American jungle with Juliane Koepcke, the German woman who was the sole survivor of a plane crash there in 1971. They find the remains of the plane and recreate her journey out of the jungle. Read More »