Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog – Behinderte Zukunft AKA Handicapped Future (1971)

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Handicapped Future is a 1971 documentary film by Werner Herzog about physically disabled children in Munich. The film was made at the request of a disabled friend of Herzog’s, specifically in order to raise awareness for the cause of the disabled in West Germany. Read More »

Werner Herzog – How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck… (1976)

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Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system, and compares it to the lifestyle of the Amish, who live nearby. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Huie’s Predigt AKA Huie’s Sermon (1981)

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The reverend Huie L. Rogers delivers an intense and impassioned sermon at his church in Brooklyn. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle AKA The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)

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Herzog’s film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to talk or walk, and bearing a strange note; he later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could remember, and only recently was he released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results. Read More »

Les Blank – Burden of Dreams (1982)

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A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog’s epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively driven director.

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Les Blank’s “Burden of Dreams” is one of the most remarkable documentaries ever made about the making of a movie. There are at least two reasons for that. One is that the movie being made, Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo,” involved some of the most torturous and dangerous on-location shooting experiences in film history. The other is that the documentary is by Les Blank, himself a brilliant filmmaker, who is unafraid to ask difficult questions and portray Herzog, warts and all. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Herakles (1962)

“Herakles” is a 1962 short film and the first film by the German director Werner Herzog, then 20 years old. The film relates to six of the twelve labors of Heracles. The film starts with shots of young male bodybuilders working out in a gym, posing on a stage and flexing their muscles. Each of the labors are then announced by on-screen text in the form of a question, followed by related scenes of modern challenges inter-cut with the bodybuilders. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Mit mir will niemand spielen AKA No One Will Play with Me (1976)

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The film focuses on a boy, Martin, who is outcast from the other children at his school. The film was made with pre-school children in Munich, and is partially based on true stories which Herzog heard from the children themselves. Read More »