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Based on a true story, Werner Herzog's provocative film follows the plight of a young man confined in a cell without human contact since infancy who suddenly appears in a German village in the early 1800s, his attempts to enter society, and the town's reaction to him. Bruno S., himself a former mental patient, is unforgettable as Hauser. ... more
Heart Of Glass(1976)
Filmmaker Werner Herzog actually had his cast hypnotized in order to achieve the desired looks of hysteria for this haunting drama, based on a folk legend. A small village's livelihood is threatened when the local glassblower dies without passing on the secret of his craft, and the townsfolk's desperate search leads to madness and murder. ... more
The struggle of Nature's dwindling reserves to resist the onslaught of man and civilization is allegorized by German filmmaker Werner Herzog in this drama set in the Australian wilderness, as an aborigine tribe protects its sacred land from miners. Bruce Spence ("The Road Warrior"), Wandjuk Marika star. 105 min. Soundtrack: English; ... more
For what proved to be his last film with frequent star Klaus Kinski, writer/director Werner Herzog crafted this lush historical drama featuring Kinski as an 19th-century Brazilian peasant-turned-bandit who is hired to travel to West Africa to revive the slave trade. As the manic Kinski befriends the equally unstable king of Dahomey, ... more
Made two decades apart, these unique documentaries from maverick German director Werner Herzog both use the desert as backdrops for "filmic narratives." The flaming oil fields of Kuwait in the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War are juxtaposed with a classical soundtrack in "Lessons of Darkness," while "Fata Morgana" blends Mayan Creation ... more