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What's your favorite film by Werner Herzog?

haven't seen any
0 (0%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
other
0 (0%)
Signs of Life
0 (0%)
Even Dwarfs Started Small
1 (3.3%)
Fata Morgana
0 (0%)
Land of Silence and Darkness
1 (3.3%)
Aguirre: The Wrath of God
8 (26.7%)
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
0 (0%)
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
0 (0%)
Heart of Glass
0 (0%)
Stroszek
1 (3.3%)
La Soufrière
0 (0%)
How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck
0 (0%)
Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht
0 (0%)
Woyzeck
0 (0%)
Fitzcarraldo
6 (20%)
God's Angry Man
0 (0%)
Ballad of a Little Soldier
0 (0%)
Cobra Verde
0 (0%)
Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun
0 (0%)
Scream of Stone
0 (0%)
Lessons of Darkness
0 (0%)
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
0 (0%)
My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
0 (0%)
Invincible
0 (0%)
Wheel of Time
0 (0%)
The White Diamond
0 (0%)
Grizzly Man
10 (33.3%)
The Wild Blue Yonder
0 (0%)
Rescue Dawn
0 (0%)
Encounters at the End of the World
1 (3.3%)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
2 (6.7%)
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
0 (0%)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
0 (0%)
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
0 (0%)
Into the Abyss
0 (0%)
Queen of the Desert
0 (0%)
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
0 (0%)
Salt and Fire
0 (0%)
Family Romance, LLC
0 (0%)

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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2014, 03:55:47 PM »
Aguirre: The Wrath of God: 9/10
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser: 9/10
Fitzcarraldo: 8/10
Land of Silence and Darkness: 8/10
Cave of Forgotten Dreams: 7/10
Signs of Life: 7/10
Grizzly Man: 7/10
Encounters at the End of the World: 7/10
Even Dwarfs Started Small: 5/10
Heart of Glass: 2/10
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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2014, 06:03:04 PM »
I watched my first Herzog today, which was Grizzly Man. I was somewhat underwhelmed by Herzog's direction. It seems he's not willing to edit unnecessary bits, because he thinks you want to see more. Consequently, some scenes really drone on. While he does touch on some cool stuff, like Treadwell's observance of nature being an observance of our nature, overall the film didn't do a whole a great deal for me. B+-
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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2014, 07:09:38 PM »
The "unnecessary" bits are there for rumination, which is a theme in pretty much 99% of Herzog's work. Like a lot of his work Grizzly Man isn't so much a documentary as it is a telling of the battle Herzog sees between man and nature and how we will inevitably lose because we cannot win that battle. As great as Grizzly is, it's still not in the top of his work, so that should say something about the man's work.

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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2014, 07:29:28 PM »
I haven't given up on Herzog, if that's what your thinking. It would take a lot for me to give up on a director after one film.
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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2014, 08:57:28 AM »
Nah, wasn't thinking that, just giving a counterpoint to your unnecessary bits comment.

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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2014, 08:43:21 PM »
To really appreciate Herzog, we've got to remember that Herzog is all about commentary.  If we don't like a director directly giving us his thoughts on life and the universe, then Herzog's not for you.
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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2014, 03:13:42 PM »
1. Aguirre the Wrath of God (1972)
2. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
3. The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009)

Grizzly Man (2005)
Rescue Dawn (2006)
Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2014, 09:21:40 PM »
Very fitting choice sdb_1970.

It's disturbing to read your research.

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Re: Herzog, Werner - Director's Best
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2014, 09:59:45 PM »
Excellent essay, sdb.

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