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Werner Herzog
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Date of Birth: Sep 05, 1942

Country: Germany

Biography: A prolific director who made his name in the German New Wave Cinema of the 70s. Born in rural Bavaria, Herzog never saw any film or television as a child -- a fact that didn't prevent him from becoming one of his country's best-known and most well-respected filmmakers.

Total Titles at Criticker: 94 - You've Seen 0

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Salt and Fire (2016)
A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster. (imdb)
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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016)
Herzog explores the existential implications of a 21st century defined by technological innovation through interviews with industry pioneers and others whose lives are entwined with the Internet.
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Into the Inferno (2016)
An exploration of active volcanoes around world. (imdb)
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Queen of the Desert (2015)
A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. (imdb)
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Life Itself (2014)
In 2013, we lost Roger Ebert--arguably the nation's best-known and most influential movie critic. Based on his memoir of the same name, Life Itself recounts Ebert's fascinating and flawed journey--from politicized school newspaperman, to Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, to Pulitzer Prize winner, to television household name, to the miracle of finding love at 50, and finally his "third act" as a major voice on the Internet when he could no longer physically speak. (magpictures.com)
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Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
Super spy teams aren't born...they're hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then...you know). Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, from destroying the world as we know it. (imdb)
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From One Second to the Next (2013)
Documentary about the dangers of texting and driving.
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The Unbelievers (2013)
Renowned scientists Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Krauss cross the globe as they speak publicly about the importance of science and reason in the modern world. (imdb)
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Jack Reacher (2012)
A homicide investigator digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper who shot five random victims. Based on a book in Lee Child's crime series. (imdb)
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The Killers: Unstaged (2012)
[The Killers: Unstaged] sees Werner Herzog quizzing three quarters of the group - guitarist Dave Keunig was "not to be found" during filming - on growing up in a town as "fake" as Las Vegas, hiking and more. (factmag.com)
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Dinotasia (2012)
Based on cutting-edge palaeontology and the latest fossil records, DINOTASIA presents a series of vignettes about dinosaurs - both familiar faces and some we have only found out about in the past ten years. Werner Herzog narrates, reuniting with the team behind GRIZZLY MAN and CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS. (imdb)
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Death Row (2012)
Death Row (2012) - TV Series
An inside look at a maximum security prison in Texas featuring interviews with death row inmates. (imdb)
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Hans Zimmer - Der Sound für Hollywood (2011)
Documentary about the artistic life of composer Hanz Zimmer.
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Into the Abyss (2011)
Intimate interviews and life stories of several people involved in the life of an inmate condemned to death in a Texas prison. (imdb)
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting. (imdb)
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Ode to the Dawn of Man (2011)
Documentary short about the music in Werner Herzog's "Cave of Forgotten Dreams."
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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010)
In the center of the story is the life of the indigenous people of the village Bakhtia at the river Yenisei in the Siberian Taiga. The camera follows the protagonists in the village over a period of a year. The natives, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, keep living their lives according to their own cultural traditions. The expressive pictures are accompanied by original sound bites quoting the villagers. (imdb)
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Plastic Bag (2009)
Plastic Bag (2009) - Short Film
In a not too distant future, a Plastic Bag goes on an epic journey in search of its lost Maker, wondering if there is any point to life without her. The Bag encounters strange creatures, brief love in the sky, a colony of prophetic torn bags on a fence and the unknown. To be with its own kind, the Bag goes deep under the oceans into 500 nautical miles of spinning garbage known as the North Pacific Trash Vortex. Will our Plastic Bag be able to forget its Maker there? (labiennale)
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La Bohème (2009)
La Bohème (2009) - Short Film
Part of a series of opera shorts by different directors. Herzog combines "O Soave Fanciulla" ("Oh you vision of beauty" from Puccini's "La Bohème") with images of harsh life in Africa.
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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
A rogue detective is as devoted to his job as he is at scoring drugs - while playing fast and loose with the law.
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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
Inspired by a true crime, a man begins to experience mystifying events that lead him to slay his mother with a sword.
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Gegenschuss - Aufbruch der Filmemacher (2008)
The filmmakers of the New German Cinema, like Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and others represent the young, rebellious cinema of the post-Adenauer period. The documentary Reverse Shot - Rebellion of the Filmmakers, illustrates the story about the gravitational center of the movement: the legendary Filmverlag der Autoren (The Authors' Film Publishing Company). (german-films.de)
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Capturing Reality (2008)
From cinema-verite; pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick movie makers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, the world's best documentarians reflect upon the unique power of their genre. Capturing Reality explores the complex creative process that goes into making non-fiction films. Deftly charting the documentarian's journey, it poses the question: can film capture reality? (imdb)
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Encounters at the End of the World (2008)
Filmmaker Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica to capture its landscape's rarely seen beauty on film.
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The Grand (2007)
An improvisational comedy using a handful of actors playing characters competing in an actual poker tournament. (imdb)
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Mister Lonely (2007)
In Paris, a young American (Luna) who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe (Morton), who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin (Lavant) and her daughter, Shirley Temple. (imdb)
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All in This Tea (2007)
During the 1990s, David Lee Hoffman searched throughout China for the finest teas. He's a California importer who, as a youth, lived in Asia for years and took tea with the Dali Lama. Hoffman's mission is to find and bring to the U.S. the best hand picked and hand processed tea. This search takes him directly to farms and engages him with Chinese scientists, business people, and government officials: Hoffman wants tea grown organically without a factory, high-yield mentality. (imdb)
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Rescue Dawn (2006)
This film tells the real-life story of U.S. fighter pilot Dieter Dengler, a German-American shot down and captured in Laos during the Vietnam War. Dengler, to be played by Bale, organized a death-defying escape for a small band of POWs, including Duane Martin (Zahn). (imdb)
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Lohengrin (2006)
Lohengrin (2006) - TV Movie
Werner Herzog's staging in Bayreuth of Wagner's opera. (imdb)
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Grizzly Man (2005)
In his mesmerizing new film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. (Lions Gate Films)
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The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)
The film follows a hypothetical proposition: a group of astronauts are circling the earth in a spacecraft, but they cannot return, as our planet has become uninhabitable. The cause of this remains open - all-out war, outbreak of a new disease beyond control, radiation after the complete disappearance of the ozone layer, or whatever. The crew of the spacecraft has to find a more hospitable place out there in space, and releases a probe from their cargo bay, Galileo. But Galileo - after sending back very disquieting data - has to be sent on a suicide mission. (Warner Herzog Filmproduktion)
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In the Edges: The
With Herzog's direction, Richard Thompson leads a small group of musicians into creating Grizzly Man's evocative soundtrack.
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Incident at Loch Ness (2004)
This mock documentary chronicles the story of the making (and unmaking) of Werner Herzog's film about Scotland's infamous Loch Ness monster, as well as the aftermath of that fateful effort. Shocking, controversial and strangely humorous, the film raises many questions about where reality ends and fiction begins. (Fox)
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The White Diamond (2004)
THE WHITE DIAMOND is a film about the daring adventure of exploring rainforest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr.Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the tree-tops... (imdb)
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Wheel of Time (2003)
Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.
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Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)
Seven internationally respected filmmakers offer different perspectives on time and fate -- some witty, some somber -- in this omnibus film, with the stories linked by performances from jazz great Hugh Masekela.
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Pilgrimage (2001)
Pilgrimage (2001) - Short Film
A film about the pilgrimage to the Virgin of Guadalupe, to the tomb of Saint Sergei in Zagorsk/Russia and other places around the world, but mainly a film (and music) about the deep spirituality, religious fervor and profound human suffering of pilgrims. (wernerherzog.com)
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Invincible (2001)
The true story of a simple man who is transported from his humble village roots to the giddy excesses of the 1930s Berlin and finds himself becoming the new Samson to protect the Jewish people. (Fine Line Features)
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Wings of Hope (2000)
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 1972... (imdb)
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A Brief History of Errol Morris (2000)
Documentary insight into the world of cult filmmaker Errol Morris.
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Christ and Demons in New Spain (2000)
A film about the conquest of Latin America by the Catholic Church and the consequences of it for today's religious life in that region. (wernerherzog.com)
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My Best Fiend -- Klaus Kinski (1999)
In the 1950s, when Werner Herzog was 13, he was sharing an apartment with Klaus Kinski, an ego-maniacal live-wire. In an unabated, 48 hour fit of rage, Kinski destroyed every piece of furniture in sight. From this chaos, a beautiful albeit volatile partnership was born. In 1972, Herzog cast Kinski in Aguirre, The Wrath of God. Four more films would follow. In this personal documentary, Herzog traces the often violent up and downs of their relationship, revisiting Munich apartment where they first met - and thrashed, and the various locations of their films. (imdb)
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Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
A visionary portrait of love and madness, which follows a compassionate young teacher who finds redemption through his interactions with the eccentric students in a comically surreal school for the blind. (Independent Pictures)
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Der Ball ist ein Sauhund (1999)
Documentary featuring soccer coach Rudi Gutendorf and filmmaker Werner Herzog.
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Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)
This documentary film from the great film-maker Werner Herzog, tells the story of Dieter Dengler, who grew up in Germany with a passion for flight. Emigrating to the US he joins the Army in order to become a pilot, during the Vietnam War. (IMDB Comments)
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Die Verwandlung der Welt in Musik (1996)
This film was prepared as a introduction to a series of opera broadcasts on German television. It depicts the behind-the-scenes maneuverings in preparation for the annual opera festival in Bayreuth. (imdb)
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Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (1995)
Bells from the Deep is German director Werner Herzog's documentary investigation of Russian mysticism. The first half of the film is concerned primarily with a Russian faith healer and a man claiming to be the reincarnation of God as was Jesus. Herzog uses primarily interviews with Russians and scenes from the religious services of the two Holy men. Herzog also has several segments on the religion of Siberian nomads. (Wikipedia)
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Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995)
Works, legend and murders of Carlo Gesualdo, a notorious Italian composer and murderer from 16th century.
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Lessons of Darkness (1992)
This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames. In contrast to the common documentary film there are no comments and few interviews (imdb)
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Scream of Stone (1991)
A meeting of two world famous climbers, one is an experienced mountaineer the other a free climber, and a journalist (Ivan) results in a bet on which of the two is the best climber. Roger (the mountaineering expert) states that Martin (the free climber) wouldn't survive a day on a 'real' climbing expedition, although he is the world's best free climber. (imdb)
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Jag Mandir: Das excentrische Privattheater des Maharadscha von Udaipur (1991)
The bulk of the film consists of footage of an elaborate theatrical performance for the Maharana Arvind Singh Mewar at the City Palace of Udaipur, Rajasthan staged by André Heller.
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Filmstunde (1991)
Filmstunde (1991) - TV Mini-Series
8 Film lessons with Werner Herzog in discussion with various people during Viennale 1991. (wernerherzog.com)
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Echoes from a Somber Empire (1990)
Documentary examining Bokassa's rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites. (imdb)
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A history of music from southwest Louisiana.
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Es ist nicht leicht ein Gott zu sein (1989)
Science-fiction, where a scientist from earth is sent to another, more primitive planet. Will his advanced knowledge help him in these barbarous conditions?
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Wodaabe - Die Hirten der Sonne. Nomaden am Südrand der Sahara (1989)
Herzog's documentary of the Wodaabe people of the Sahara/Sahel region. Particular attention is given to the tribe's spectacular courtship rituals and 'beauty pageants', where eligible young men strive to outshine each other and attract mates by means of lavish makeup, posturing and facial movements. (imdb)
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Stage and television director Werner Herzog, one of the most highly acclaimed German film makers of all time, joins forces with the great Italian conductor Riccardo Chailly to effect a masterful rendition of this rarely-performed opera involving spectacular scenes of alternating light and dark, pageantry and intimacy. (surrealmoviez)
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Les Gauloises (1988)
This film is part of a mini-series run by French network Antenne 2 and Le Figaro Magazine consisting of five ten-minute episodes. Ιn his episode, Herzog enquires into the quality of France, identifying rugby and wine as two major sources of pride. He thus shows two sommeliers at a dégustation of a precious vintage. In the second part, rugby players put on bandages to protect themselves from the blows they will receive during the match.
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Cobra Verde (1987)
The feared bandit Cobra Verde (Klaus Kinski) is hired by a plantation owner to supervise his slaves... (imdb)
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Location Africa (1987)
Documentary about the making of the film "Cobra Verde."
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Portrait Werner Herzog (1986)
A self portrait documentary by Werner Herzog. (imdb)
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Tokyo-Ga (1985)
Moved by the work of director Yasujiro Ozu, Wim Wenders travels to Japan in search of the Tokyo seen in his films. (imdb)
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Gasherbrum - Der leuchtende Berg (1985)
"The Dark Glow of the Mountains" features the genuinely legendary free-style mountaineer, Reinhold Messner who, along with Hans Kammerlander scaled Gasherbrum I & II - two of the world's most difficult peaks back to back. Reinhold Messner is undoubtedly the greatest mountain climber of all time. He was the first person to climb all 14 of the 8000+ meter peaks (between 1970-1986). (IMDB comments)
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Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten (1984)
Documentary about the resistance to the Nicaraguan Sandinistas by the indigenous Miskito population, focusing on the use of child soldiers.
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Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)
The geologist Lance Hackett is employed by an Australian mining company to map the subsoil of a desert... (imdb)
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Room 666 (1982)
Room 666 (1982) - TV Movie
During the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, Wenders asks a number of film directors from around the world to get, each one at a time, into a hotel room, turn on the camera and sound recorder, and, in solitude, answer a simple question: "What is the future of cinema?". (imdb)
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Burden of Dreams (1982)
A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic 'Fitzcarraldo' , showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively driven director (imdb)
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Fitzcarraldo (1982)
The story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, an extremely determined man who intends to build an opera house in the middle of the Peruvian jungle. (imdb)
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Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)
A film exactly described by its title. German film director Herzog had made a bet with fledgling director Errol Morris that, if Morris made a film, Herzog would eat his shoe. Morris went on to film 'Gates of Heaven', so Herzog kept his promise. While eating the boiled shoe, Herzog carries on a dialogue with the film premier audience on film, art, and life. (imdb)
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Huies Predigt (1980)
Reverend Huie is the real life Cleophus James (played by James Brown in 'The Blues Brothers'. This short lasts for the entire length of the reverend's sermon, filmed in front of a live congregation in the reverends hometown of Brooklyn. (IMDB comments)
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Garlic Is As Good As Ten Mothers (1980)
A documentary on the history of garlic. Blank interviews chefs, garlic lovers, and historians about the their love of the 'stinking rose.' (imdb)
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God
God's Angry Man is about Gene Scott, directed by Werner Herzog. The film consists of footage of Scott on the set of his television program Festival of Faith and interviews with Scott and Scott's parents conducted by Herzog. The footage from Scott's television program focuses almost exclusively on his fundraising efforts and an elaborate rant against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). (Wikipedia)
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Del mero corazón (1979)
Del mero corazón is a lyrical journey through the heart of Chicano culture as reflected in the love songs of the Tex-Mex Norteña music tradition. (docsdf.org)
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Was ich bin, sind meine Filme (1979)
A portrait of Werner Herzog.
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Woyzeck (1979)
Franz Woyzeck (Kinski) is a hapless, hopeless soldier, alone and powerless in society, assaulted from all sides by forces he cannot control. (imdb)
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Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle. (imdb)
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La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe (1977)
Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadaloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt... (imdb)
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Stroszek (1977)
In Berlin, an alcoholic man, recently released from prison, joins his elderly friend and a prostitute in a determined dream to leave Germany and seek a better life in Wisconsin. (imdb)
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Heart of Glass (1976)
The foreman of a small village glassworks dies without revealing the secret to the famous "Ruby Glass". (imdb)
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How much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1976)
Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system... (imdb)
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Mit mir will keiner spielen (1976)
It tells the story of a young boy who is excluded from the rest of his classmates, the underlying reason for which is not made clear to start. He spends his time having to play in the corner of the classroom on his own, excluded from the group. The boy eventually befriends a girl in the class and invites her home to meet his talking pet raven. (IMDB comments)
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The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974)
A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry. (imdb)
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828... (imdb)
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Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)
In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado. (imdb)
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Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)
Through examining Fini Straubinger, an old woman who has been deaf and blind since her teens, and her work on behalf of other deaf-blind people... (imdb)
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Behinderte Zukunft? (1971)
Early documentary from Herzog exploring the different treatment accorded to the disabled in Germany and the USA. (IMDB Comments)
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Fata Morgana (1971)
Footage shot in and around the Sahara Desert, accompanied only by a spoken creation myth and the songs of Leonard Cohen. (imdb)
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Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)
The inhabitants of an institution in a remote country rebel against their keepers. Their acts of rebellion are by turns humorous, boring and alarming. (imdb)
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Maßnahmen gegen Fanatiker (1969)
A kind of fake documentation, containing some loose scenes where people on a horse-racing circuit talk about the way they prevent the horses of fanatics (IMDB Comments)
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The Flying Doctors of East Africa (1969)
Here Herzog sets out to document a small group of British physicians who provide medical supplies and aid to the vast undeveloped interior of tribal eastern Africa. (IMDB Comments)
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Letzte Worte (1968)
Letzte Worte (1968) - Short Film
The story of a solitary man who refuses to leave a Greek island (at one time a leper colony) is told by a strange variety of characters who don't have much to say except to repeat their tellings over and over again. But the person who has the final word on the matter, the lonely character himself, may not explain anything about his personal reasons for not abandoning the place.
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Signs of Life (1968)
On Crete, a wounded German paratrooper named Stroszek is sent to the quiet city of Kos with his wife Nora... (imdb)
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Die Beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung Deutschkreuz (1967)
A sarcastic war tale, which attacks the uselessness of the idealistic pride of soldiers. (Mitternachts Kino)
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Herakles (1962)
Herakles (1962) - Short Film
In twelve minutes, Herzog connects black-and-white archival footage of the Le Mans racing accident, in which dozens of people died when a race car went off the track, with images of German bodybuilders. Their exercises and poses are a striking comment on the human penchant for challenge and glory. (IDFA)
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