Little Dieter Needs To Fly (1997)

WERNER HERZOG Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Germany/United Kingdom/France, 1997.  Werner Herzog Filmproduktion, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ZDF Enterprises, British Broadcasting Corporation, Arte, Media Ventures, Outpost Studios.  Screenplay by Werner Herzog.  Cinematography by Peter Zeitlinger.  Produced by Lucki Stipetic.  Film Editing by Joe Bini, Glen Scantlebury, Rainer Standke.   Werner Herzog investigates the life of Dieter Dengler, shot down over Laos…

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Into The Abyss

BBB.5 (out of 5) Werner Herzog has had great success navigating between the worlds of fiction and documentary, almost always fixing his gaze on a singular personality whose nature puts them at odds with their society.  Into The Abyss is meant to be an exploration of the characters he observes on death row in Texas,…

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

BBB.5 (out of 5) A cave in rural France becomes the central hub of the human imagination when it is discovered to possess drawings on its walls made tens of thousands of years ago by early humans, drawings which have gone unseen by the human eye since. Werner Herzog had the rare privilege of being…

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Invincible

BB (out of 5) A Jewish blacksmith with muscles the size of boulders performs a feat of strength in a circus act one night to clear a debt to a local tavern in 1930s Poland. Spotted by a talent agent, he is brought to Berlin where he is given a job performing strongman feats at…

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Woyzeck

BBBB (out of 5) Klaus Kinski gives a haunting performance in this dramatically charged adaptation of Georg Buchner’s oft-filmed play. Directed by Werner Herzog with his usual emphasis on human anomaly, it stars Kinski as the orderly posted in his tiny town to “guard” the gates, but most of the time is beset on all sides…

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Nosferatu The Vampyre (Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht)

BBB.5 (out of 5) Deliciously creepy remake of the F.W. Murnau classic, this time filtered through Werner Herzog’s imagination and the stylings of his lead actor Klaus Kinski (who hardly needs any help from the makeup department to look like a ghoul). Count Orlock (Kinski) is ravaging an eastern European hamlet with his vampiric feasting…

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Stroszek

BBBB (out of 5) Bruno S., star of Werner Herzog’s Every Man For Himself And God Against All, is once again a fish out of water in this marvelously dry comedy. He plays an ex-convict who befriends an abused prostitute and helps her escape her dangerous pimps. The two of them and an aged friend…

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Every Man For Himself And God Against All (The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser) (The Mystery Of Kaspar Hauser) (Jeder Fur Sich Und Gott Gegen Allen–Kaspar Hauser)

BBBB (out of 5) Fascinating study of a primitive man thrust into so-called ‘modern’ society. Purportedly based on a true story, Kaspar Hauser is discovered living in a secluded barn in which he has lived his entire life. After being rescued by a local nobleman, the wild child is introduced to the society around him,…

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Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)

BBBB (out of 5) Marvelous, exotic visuals of the lush jungles of South America highlight this fascinating tale of greed and power. Klaus Kinski gives a disturbing performance as a Spanish soldier who leads an expedition down the Amazon river in search of El Dorado, the fabled city of gold. The idea is to capture the…

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Heart Of Glass (Herz Aus Glas)

BBBB.5 (out of 5) Stunningly beautiful masterpiece by Werner Herzog, one of his most visually intoxicating films. The story might not rope you in from the start, but the overwhelming images will keep you almost as hypnotized as all the actors were (and that’s no joke: most of the cast performed under hypnosis, or at…

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My Best Fiend (Mein Liebster Feind – Klaus Kinski)

BBBB (out of 5) German actor Klaus Kinski was famous for being just as striking a personality off the screen as on, and no one knew this better than this longtime collaborator Werner Herzog.  Eight years after Kinski’s death of a heart attack at the age of 65, Herzog has compiled interviews, behind the scenes…

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