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Doc Sportello

(7,593 posts)
Tue Jan 16, 2024, 11:47 AM Jan 2024

Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer review - master director's passionate idealism

With pop-culture brand recognition like no other auteur, he walks the walk and talks the talk … in that inimitable voice. Werner Herzog – film-maker, visionary, adventurer and first among equals of the New German cinema – is now the subject of a highly enjoyable new documentary from Thomas von Steinaecker, who has assembled an A-list gallery of interviewees to talk about knowing or working with the great man; these include Wim Wenders, Volker Schlöndorff, Nicole Kidman, Chloé Zhao, Joshua Oppenheimer, Robert Pattinson and many more.

There’s something almost Wellesian or Hitchcockian in the way Herzog uses celebrity to keep getting pictures made, and his work rate is one of the marvellous things about him. Calling a film-maker a “dreamer” sounds hackneyed, but it does justice to his idealism. Perhaps no other description will do.


Herzog breaks the mold in another way: he proves wrong the saying about never meeting your idols. I've been a big fan of him ever since I saw Stroszek back in the late 70s. I got a chance to meet him at a film festival and he was as gracious and open in person as he appears on tv and other interviews. I was just going to say how much I admired his work and then walk away, but he engaged me in conversation and asked me questions about my work. It was memorable for me. He does indeed walk the talk.
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Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer review - master director's passionate idealism (Original Post) Doc Sportello Jan 2024 OP
I've been a huge fan since the 70s as well. bif Jan 2024 #1
Wow, I had not seen that Doc Sportello Jan 2024 #2
Happy to share with fellow Herzogians! bif Jan 2024 #3


(22,988 posts)
1. I've been a huge fan since the 70s as well.
Tue Jan 16, 2024, 05:27 PM
Jan 2024

I recently found a whole bunch of his films on Tubi and Freevee.

Have you ever seen the garbage bag spoof someone did?


Doc Sportello

(7,593 posts)
2. Wow, I had not seen that
Wed Jan 17, 2024, 11:37 AM
Jan 2024

Great short film. He seems to do a lot for young filmmakers, like Incident at Loch Ness. That was Zak Penn's first film, co-written by Herzog, but I got the feeling he did it for Penn and got co-writing credit because much of it was improvised. I'll check out the freebees. Thanks for posting.

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