Best Werner Herzog Film

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Since this was my first ILX topic, I thought this should be my first poll. I'm sure I've left some out, but this should be all the major ones.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Aguirre, The Wrath Of God 10
Stroszek 5
Fitzcarraldo 5
The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser 3
Little Dieter Needs To Fly 2
The Great Ecstasy Of Woodcarver Steiner 2
Bells From The Deep 1
The Unprecedented Defence Of The Fortress Deutschkreuz 1
My Best Fiend 1
Fata Morgana 1
Even Dwarfs Started Small 1
Woyzeck0
Pilgrimage 0
Precautions Against Fanatics 0
Rescue Dawn 0
Scream Of Stone 0
Signs Of Life 0
Wheel Of Time 0
Ten Thousand Years Older 0
The Dark Glow Of The Mountains 0
Wodaabe - Herdsmen Of The Sun 0
The Flying Doctors Of East Africa 0
Wings Of Hope 0
The Transformation Of The World Into Music 0
The White Diamond 0
Where The Green Ants Dream 0
The Wild Blue Yonder 0
Nosferatu 0
No One Will Play With Me 0
Handicapped Future 0
God's Angry Man 0
Game In The Sand 0
Film Lesson 1 - 4 0
Echoes From A Sombre Empire 0
Death For Five Voices 0
Cobra Verde 0
Christ And Demons In New Spain 0
Heart Of Glass 0
Herakles 0
How Much Wood Would A Woodchuck Chuck 0
Lessons Of Darkness 0
Les Francais Vus Par 0
Last Words 0
Land Of Silence And Darkness 0
La Soufrière 0
Jag Mandir 0
Invincible 0
Huie's Sermon 0
Ballad Of The Little Soldier 0


Jeff, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:08 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Copied straight from his site and added Rescue Dawn.

Jeff, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Incident at Loch Ness

Jordan, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:10 (eleven years ago) Permalink

b-rad to thread

dan m, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ya forgot Grizzly Man, man

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that's okey, bcz sexyD doesn't rank.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I cluster

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Mod add Grizzly Man.

Jeff, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

gotta be fiddycaraldo -- insane movie about an insane dude, directed by an insane dude w/ an insane behind-the-scenes story.

Eisbaer, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

though that description could just as equally describe aguirre, come to think of it.

Eisbaer, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I have only seen five of these movies, but of those I liked Aguirre best.

nickalicious, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Why is Incident at Loch Ness not on here? Make that SIX Herzogs I've seen.

nickalicious, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

he only acted in it.

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I've seen 9 or 10 but looking at the list that seems woefully inadequate. aguirre's in my top 10 evah so no vote agonizing here.

Edward III, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

best herzog performance = julien donkey boy

Edward III, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

it's def NOT wild blue yonder.

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Kaspar Hauser though I'll probably get stoned later and vote for Heart of Glass w/ a new login.

goth casual, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's a crime I've seen only half of these.
I refuse to vote.

sexyDancer, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Based on the 8-9 I've seen besides Aguirre... it wd still be Aguirre if I saw all of them. (Kaspar Hauser and White Diamond best of rest.)

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:57 (eleven years ago) Permalink

also, the Film Forum sold out his Dieter appearance about 4 hours in advance, despite the lies they told about ticket sales beforehand.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 20:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

White Diamond felt like it was trying too hard to shoehorn a slight but touching story into his grander pet themes.

goth casual, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner gets my vote, just because I don't think anyone else will vote for it.
Slow-motion ski-flying + Popul Vuh = oh wow!

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The Wild Blue Yonder was very wtf and fairly unrewatchable, however it has one of probably my 10 favorite soundtracks of all movies ever.

Woodcarver Steiner is still in my Blockbuster queue.

nickalicious, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Has anybody actually seen Rescue Dawn yet?

nickalicious, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So is the hottie Russian chick in Incident at Loch Ness really his wife? Cause I always thought that was one of the jokes.

goth casual, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm going to vote for the bottle of LiquidSilk I bought the day Jeff loaned me Aguirre.

jaymc, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

also, the Film Forum sold out his Dieter appearance about 4 hours in advance, despite the lies they told about ticket sales beforehand.

Yeah, that fucked me over too. I'm also pretty sure they projected Les maitres fous from a VHS.

I voted Dieter anyway.

C0L1N B..., Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:16 (eleven years ago) Permalink

So is the hottie Russian chick in Incident at Loch Ness really his wife? Cause I always thought that was one of the jokes.

I don't think they ever claimed she was his wife. She was just some vague hot young woman he lived with. I didn't figure out this movie was a work of fiction until it was nearly over (I am naive I guess), I can't believe that whole opening dinner party scene didn't tip me off.

nickalicious, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:33 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think his wife is young & hot, though?

Jordan, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

And Russian...
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1365577/

Jordan, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

yeah the description of her in the new yorker profile from a year or two ago seemed to fit.

"people say i've gone hollywood..."

goth casual, Wednesday, 23 May 2007 21:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Fata Morgana so good I can't bring myself to finish it.

Eric H., Thursday, 24 May 2007 00:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Kaspar Hauser for me. I'd say it's one of my top 5 movies ever. Nosferatu may be my second fave of his.

Invincible is underrated.

dan selzer, Thursday, 24 May 2007 03:46 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'd go fitzcarraldo, but it's close.

forksclovetofu, Thursday, 24 May 2007 04:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

fata morgana is underrated, but then again it's only suited for persons of a certain bent. I can't imagine watching it piecemeal, that's like listening to marquee moon in 3 minute increments.

Edward III, Thursday, 24 May 2007 18:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

AGUIRRE

Joe, Friday, 25 May 2007 01:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Stroszek is my vote. Because of the totally bizarre (but not in the context of the movie) chicken/music/ski-lift thing at the end, which I think sums up Herzog maybe better than his big epic movies. There's only one director who would would dare or even bother to make a movie with this clearly unstable person. Herzog is a little nuts, and attracted to like, and his sweet and tender relationship with Bruno S. is more revealing than his violent relationship with Kinski. At least, I prefer it. And it's a great movie.

kenan, Friday, 25 May 2007 02:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

best herzog performance = julien donkey boy

so true! also i have no idea how to vote. i might go for one i havent seen.

jhøshea, Friday, 25 May 2007 02:18 (eleven years ago) Permalink

which is most of them

jhøshea, Friday, 25 May 2007 02:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i voted bells from the deep - that had a nice ring to it.

jhøshea, Friday, 25 May 2007 02:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

what have you seen?

kenan, Friday, 25 May 2007 02:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God
Cobra Verde
Even Dwarfs Started Small
Fitzcarraldo
God's Angry Man
Little Dieter Needs To Fly
My Best Fiend
Nosferatu
The Great Ecstasy Of Woodcarver Steiner
The White Diamond
The Wild Blue Yonder
Wheel Of Time
Where The Green Ants Dream

and grzly man

jhøshea, Friday, 25 May 2007 11:07 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no surprises here.

Jeff, Friday, 1 June 2007 13:19 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Well someone voted for "The Unprecedented Defence Of The Fortress Deutschkreuz" - I call that a surprise!

Tom D., Friday, 1 June 2007 13:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

http://www.roguefilmschool.com/

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The Rogue Film School will be in the form of weekend seminars held by Werner Herzog in person at varying locations and at infrequent intervals.
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The number of participants will be limited.
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Locations and dates will be announced on this website and Werner Herzog's website: www.wernerherzog.com approximately 12 weeks in advance.
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The Rogue Film School will not teach anything technical related to film-making. For this purpose, please enroll at your local film school.
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The Rogue Film School is about a way of life. It is about a climate, the excitement that makes film possible. It will be about poetry, films, music, images, literature.
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The focus of the seminars will be a dialogue with Werner Herzog, in which the participants will have their voice with their projects, their questions, their aspirations.
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Excerpts of films will be discussed, which could include your submitted films; they may be shown and discussed as well. Depending on the materials, the attention will revolve around essential questions: how does music function in film? How do you narrate a story? (This will certainly depart from the brainless teachings of three-act-screenplays). How do you sensitize an audience? How is space created and understood by an audience? How do you produce and edit a film? How do you create illumination and an ecstasy of truth?
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Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.
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Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.
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Related, but more reflective, will be a reading list: if possible, read Virgil's "Georgics", read "Hemingway's "The short happy life of Francis Macomber", The Poetic Edda, translated by Lee M. Hollander (in particular the Prophecy of the Seeress), Bernal Diaz del Castillo "True History of the Conquest of New Spain".
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Follow your vision. Form secretive Rogue Cells everywhere. At the same time, be not afraid of solitude.

deus ex lawnmower (latebloomer), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

"The Rogue Film School is not for the faint-hearted," said the film-maker. "It is for those who have travelled on foot, who have worked as bouncers in sex clubs or as wardens in a lunatic asylum, for those who are willing to learn about lock-picking or forging shooting permits in countries not favouring their projects."

MPx4A, Friday, 25 September 2009 10:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.

Lol - isn't he making a film with Lynch at the moment? I guess they got on each others nerves.

dowd, Friday, 25 September 2009 10:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

nah i think he just wants the seminars to get the point. ya know,like lockpicking.

deus ex lawnmower (latebloomer), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

great dbl bill at the Ritzy tomorrow, btw - wanted to see Fata Morgana for a while

http://www.v22collection.com/herzog/26.html

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 24 October 2009 11:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

i watches stroszek last night. really good. the heist scene followed by the grocery shopping is hysterical.

jed_, Saturday, 24 October 2009 11:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

awesome story

http://media.smithsonianmag.com/images/karpagafia1.jpg

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:47 (six years ago) Permalink

seriously, that article is amazing, must read

this customer is a jerk (La Lechera), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 19:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Sent to myself for train reading on phone.

hibernaculum (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 19:22 (six years ago) Permalink

piece is mindbending

lag∞n, Thursday, 7 February 2013 10:39 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

KK is actually *relatively* restrained as Aguirre. Love him matter-of-factly heaving the flaming gunpowder barrel off the raft.

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 28 June 2014 03:32 (four years ago) Permalink

As I recall Herzog's explanation was that he liked to film Kinski right after a blow-up, so he would have exhausted his rage but would still be seething.

JoeStork, Saturday, 28 June 2014 06:56 (four years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Making New Year's Resolutions with Werner Herzog

The doc panel anecdote alone sounds worth the price of the book.

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:27 (four years ago) Permalink

Want

Οὖτις, Sunday, 4 January 2015 02:38 (four years ago) Permalink

“I’m no fly on the wall. I am the hornet that stings.”

nickn, Sunday, 4 January 2015 06:42 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Free streaming Herzog, but they seemed to be dubbed and have ads: http://www.shoutfactorytv.com/videos?utf8=%E2%9C%93&commit=submit&q=werner+herzog

The Invention of Worrell (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 June 2016 22:11 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFK3DJ7Kn6s

am0n, Monday, 27 June 2016 17:22 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
four weeks pass...

http://i.imgur.com/ygTcmeG.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/7PKL6JU.jpg

, Friday, 12 August 2016 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Leave Herzog alone qua memes

niels, Friday, 12 August 2016 21:53 (two years ago) Permalink

his new one on the Internet looks pretty interesting

Dominique, Friday, 12 August 2016 22:14 (two years ago) Permalink

christopher walken also a genius amid a great late period not a joke #fwiw

schlump, Friday, 12 August 2016 23:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Herzog is speaking here at the end of the month. Tickets are $55, but I can't tell if it's going to be 'about' filmmaking or if it will be more Herzog-as-personality.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 12 August 2016 23:30 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9P_sxaaMJE

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 12 August 2016 23:38 (two years ago) Permalink

I've only seen two Herzog documentaries before Lo and Behold, the new one about the internet--Grizzly Man and Into the Abyss. I was wary after seeing the trailer because, in all honesty, his voice grates on me as much as Michael Moore's, and it seemed like there was going to be a lot of him. But he hangs back enough that that wasn't a problem.

Very loose and impressionistic; the story that Herzog chooses to illustrate the "dark side" of the internet seems rather arbitrary and insufficient. But lots of good stuff to mull over. Highlight for me was the Leonard Kleinrock interview; I'd happily watch a whole documentary of him pontificating.

clemenza, Sunday, 14 August 2016 19:50 (two years ago) Permalink

http://rarefilm.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Lebenszeichen-Werner-Herzog-1968-1.jpg

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063218/

highly recommended early Herzog film(didn't get any votes in the poll)

Ludo, Sunday, 14 August 2016 19:53 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

into the inferno has some nice throwback herzogian segments & shots imo; the old footage of the french couple looks like faked rear projection, so crazy

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 November 2016 14:48 (two years ago) Permalink

also are they showing old eps of duckman deep in the jungles of indonesia? the chicken church looks like king chicken !

johnny crunch, Saturday, 19 November 2016 14:49 (two years ago) Permalink

"Inside, we found nobody in an empty chair pretending to watch TV" is my fave line from this.

John Frum cargo cult at the end = A+

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 19 November 2016 21:58 (two years ago) Permalink

It is has always troubled me when they show footage of that French lava-walking couple. The John Frum leader's son talking about his unshakeable faith when spending a night in the volcano was sure something.

calzino, Saturday, 19 November 2016 22:09 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

just watched “Aguirre, The Wrath of God”. I hadn’t seen it in years, loved the descent into the surreal! I was again initially put off by conquistadors in Peru speaking German, but acclimated, in the end it was a minor quibble

Dan S, Thursday, 11 October 2018 00:56 (five months ago) Permalink

the effects of hardships endured by cast/crew in this film really added to its sense of closing walls

Dan S, Thursday, 11 October 2018 01:15 (five months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

https://i.imgur.com/FPgjxzl.jpg

Love this alternate poster.

I like Poeltls (fionnland), Saturday, 10 November 2018 10:39 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Lessons of Darkness and Fata Morgana really seem like companion pieces, although with the documentary narration vs. spoken creation myth Lessons of Darkness is not quite as surreal

Dan S, Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Very excited to screen Aguirre and Stroszek for some friends of mine this weekend

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:24 (three months ago) Permalink

I love both of those films! hope your friends enjoy them

Dan S, Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:56 (three months ago) Permalink

Both classics

Οὖτις, Saturday, 15 December 2018 02:59 (three months ago) Permalink

both all-time faves, tbh always thought Fitzcarraldo was a drag (hardee har har) compared to Aguirre

resident hack (Simon H.), Saturday, 15 December 2018 03:28 (three months ago) Permalink

yea Fitzcarraldo put me to sleep. Burden of Dreams is awesome though

flopson, Saturday, 15 December 2018 05:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Aguirre is magic on so many levels; Fitzcarraldo on fewer levels
what a pleasing double bill!! i love stroszek so much and think of it often.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 15 December 2018 06:00 (three months ago) Permalink

I wouldn't have voted for it, but his 35-minute PSA on texting and driving, "From One Second to the Next," deserves mention as it's outstanding.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0

Jazzbo, Monday, 17 December 2018 17:29 (three months ago) Permalink

I've seen that and recall it being pretty intense. I think, for recent output, he should have stuck to brutally straightforward docs a la Into the Abyss and the On Death Row series. His weird form of humanism is a good fit for those.

resident hack (Simon H.), Monday, 17 December 2018 18:09 (three months ago) Permalink

that aguirre poster is lovely

johnny crunch, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:20 (three months ago) Permalink

happy new year, losers!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 00:44 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

into the inferno has some nice throwback herzogian segments & shots imo; the old footage of the french couple looks like faked rear projection, so crazy

― johnny crunch, Saturday, November 19, 2016 9:48 AM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yea i thought so too.

this was cool

marcos, Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:49 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

seen most of them again

favorite Herzog films:

Aguirre: Wrath of God
Fitzcarraldo
Grizzly Man
Fata Morgana
Stroszek
Kaspar Hauser
Cobra Verde

Dan S, Friday, 15 March 2019 04:01 (one week ago) Permalink

also really liked

Nosferatu the Vampyre
Even Dwarfs Started Small

Dan S, Friday, 15 March 2019 04:36 (one week ago) Permalink

others that were interesting:

Heart of Glass
Stroszek
Lessons of Darkness
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Rescue Dawn

Dan S, Friday, 15 March 2019 04:49 (one week ago) Permalink

(in the last post I meant Woyzeck)

Dan S, Friday, 15 March 2019 04:59 (one week ago) Permalink

The BFI blu-ray set is such a steal (most of the 68-87 work) for £35 ish.

The big omission for me is Lessons of Darkness, only available on Blu as part of the $105ish US Shout! Factory set. I probably would have voted for it (just to be ornery) had I been here in 2007.

Dunning-Kruger Overdrive (Sanpaku), Friday, 15 March 2019 06:10 (one week ago) Permalink

(xp) Have you seen "Land of Silence and Darkness"?

Swing Band the Sailor (Tom D.), Friday, 15 March 2019 08:00 (one week ago) Permalink

have not seen it, but it looks interesting

Dan S, Friday, 15 March 2019 15:57 (one week ago) Permalink

More than interesting - devastating, heartwrenching et al.

Swing Band the Sailor (Tom D.), Friday, 15 March 2019 15:58 (one week ago) Permalink

I’ll have to look into buying it, I don’t see it available for rental or streaming

Dan S, Friday, 15 March 2019 16:05 (one week ago) Permalink

MUTTER... ICH BIN VON ALLEM...ABGETAN

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 15 March 2019 16:19 (one week ago) Permalink


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