Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog

DVD - 2004 | German
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Stroszek: After being released from prison, Berlin street musician Bruno Stroszek finds himself lost in a world where he simply doesn't belong. So along with his prostitute girlfriend and an eccentric neighbor, Stroszek moves to America, where he's told, everyone is rich.
Heart of glass: Set in the 18th-century, this film tells of a Bavarian village that loses the secret of making its unique ruby glass. The townspeople turn to madness, murder, and magic in a desperate effort to recover the pure ingredient they have lost. During the filming, Herzog hypnotized his actors in order to help convey the atmosphere of hallucination, prophecy and the visionary.
Lessons of darkness: A documentary of 1992 post-Gulf War Kuwait, focusing on the oil well fires ignited by retreating Iraqi soldiers. Fata Morgana: Herzog brings his cameras to the Sahara desert in order to film mirages. He combines the apocalyptic, often hallucinatory images of the desert with passages from the Mayan creation myth, the Popol Vuh, set to songs of Leonard Cohen.
Even dwarfs started small: The inmates have taken over an institution in a bleak and savage world in which everyone's a dwarf. As one of the institution's directors holds a rebel hostage while issuing orders for calm, the other inmates run amok, smashing equipment, setting fires, fighting for power and tormenting two blind prisoners. In this land of reversed proportions, these revolutionary outcasts not only destroy the symbols of civilization -- cars, typewriters and dinner plates -- but trees and flowers and animals as well.
The enigma of Kaspar Hauser: Based on a real historical event, this is the story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who appears in a small German town in 1828 after having lived in total isolation from humans since birth. He is then taught to speak, read, and write by the townspeople.
Little Dieter needs to fly: Growing up in post-WWII Germany, all Dieter Dengler, the son of a Nazi slain during the war, dreamed about was becoming a pilot. At age 18 he emigrated to the United States and worked odd jobs until he was accepted into the Navy and began pilot training. He was sent to Vietnam around 1966 and on his first mission was shot down and taken prisoner. There, the Vietcong tortured him until Dengler engineered a hair-raising escape and eventually returned to the U.S. His story is recounted here via interviews with Dengler, archival footage and new footage seamlessly spliced together.

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IngloriousBelcher Aug 06, 2014

"Little Dieter needs to fly" is the best of the pack here and the only one I could get through from start to finish. Fascinating documentary of an incredibly admirable man.

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