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Werner Herzog's films

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by dreamwhip, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. dhoffa85

    dhoffa85 Well-Known Member

    Boy do I love his films one of my favorite directors!
     
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  2. Cerebus

    Cerebus Forum Resident

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  3. Marc 74

    Marc 74 Forum Resident

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    I was very impressed by Grizzly Man.

    Don't even know where to begin when it comes to the duo infernale Herzog/Kinski. A unique combination of genius,madness and megalomania. The doku My best fiend is highly recommended if you haven't already seen it.

    About Fitzcarraldo: I guess many remember one of Kinski's tantrums at the set(Kinski vs. production manager Walter Saxer):

    There exists an rather amateurish but interesting interview with Saxer many years after the movie(2012)and he spoke quite positive about Kinski and that he was the man that made Herzog and not vice versa. He also accused Herzog of telling lies about some of the infamous things that happened on the Fitzcarraldo set.

    Unfortunately it's only in german language without subs:
     
  4. Marc 74

    Marc 74 Forum Resident

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  5. profholt82

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    Herzog is an excellent director, and I truly feel that 'Aguirre' is a masterpiece.
     
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  6. Platterpus

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    Fitzcarraldo was an interesting movie that my brother turned me onto. I was surprised to see it had music by Popol Vuh.
     
  7. HiFi Guy 008

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    I also was surprised and enthralled and horrified with Herzog's Grizzly Man documentary.
    The scene when he listens to the deaths on tape and says "You must never listen to this. You must destroy it." was truly horrific.
     
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  8. Cerebus

    Cerebus Forum Resident

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    The only Herzog film that I refuse to watch again.
     
  9. HiFi Guy 008

    HiFi Guy 008 Forum Resident

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    But you've got to see it once. You can't deny it was very well done.
     
  10. Marc 74

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  11. Pete Norman

    Pete Norman Forum Resident

    Heart of Glass, Nosferatu
     
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  12. Al Kuenster

    Al Kuenster Forum Resident

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    Just looking at the list of films in the Herzog collection, I have not seen any of these to my recollection, must get crackin'!
     
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  13. I find his readings from children's books to be quite engrossing and perceptive as well. ;)
     
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  14. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

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    Has anyone seen Queen of the Desert ?!
     
  15. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

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    It's my favorite by far. No other one I've seen comes close.
     
  16. stepeanut

    stepeanut King of the North

    Yes, the biggies (Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo) are wonderful, but I'd like to give another shoutout to The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner, mentioned only once before in this thread, eight years ago. It's a small masterpiece about the compulsion of the human spirit in reaching for unobtainable goals, and, as such, it touches on the same themes that inform Herzog's greatest works. Poetically shot, it's breathtaking and heart-wrenching in equal measure. Not bad for a 45-minute documentary film about a ski jumper.

    Beat that, Eddie the Eagle.
     
  17. The Absent-Minded Flaneur

    The Absent-Minded Flaneur Forum Resident

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    I'll second that. Herzog's early work - Even dwarfs, Aguirre, Fata morgana, Woodcarver Steiner - is utterly unique. Great film.
     
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  18. Ashley Pomeroy

    Ashley Pomeroy Forum Resident

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    Also, he's an endlessly engaging interview guest with a neat line in banter. After living with Klaus Kinski I imagine he ceased to care about objective reality. He has surprising comedic talents as well:

     
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  19. Rocker

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    I've got about 15 of his films in my collection, and while I can't say I liked every single one, I still find him to be a fascinating director.... and of course, several of movies are definitely classics (Nosferatu, Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo).

    I just saw Into the Abyss today for the first time and thought it was quite good... Herzog's documentaries are often just as interesting as his "proper" films.
     
  20. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

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    Any word on Queen of the Desert ?
     
  21. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Port Of New Orleans must have been Nic Cage's last good film. Love Werner"s oddball take on America.
     
  22. The Absent-Minded Flaneur

    The Absent-Minded Flaneur Forum Resident

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    The whole genius of Herzog is encapsulated in that moment when he stumbles onto a little anecdote about a squirrel and releases all the anguish the prison padre is holding back.
     
  23. jwb1231970

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    I thought it was great too but later learned that some of the goings on weren't presented in the doc...can't remember off the top of my head. Left me feeling a little less moved by it, though it's still good. Oh I think it was the fact that Grizzly man was a bit mental in some ways but Herzog doesn't touch on his personality, just the story of what happened which is one perspective but I think that it leaves us with some perspectives that aren't necessarily representative of the whole situatation.
     
  24. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

  25. Scope J

    Scope J Senior Member

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