Werner Herzog: “The Good Soldier” for Cinema – Final 2022

“Was: 90 percent trash. Berlinale: 95% trash. Venice: 90% trash,” Herzog recently rehabilitated his colleagues at the German Kinematics. It’s the same with the series. “But the difference is that my films are different and better too.”

Herzog, who was born Werner Stibich in Munich, is known for his strict judgments and a penchant for extremes – regardless of whether one thinks of the legendary shooting with Klaus Kinski (“Fitzcaraldo”) or his documentaries, where he actually crossed Antarctica once (“Encounters”). at the end of the world”).

Write bluntly: “No worse than Buechner.”

A kind of indecency characterizes the great director not only in relation to his films: he said that he did not want to write worse than Kafka or Kleist for his books. “This means that when I publish a book—for example, ‘Conquest of the Useless’ or a walk to ‘Vom Walking in the Ice’ in Paris—it has to be no worse than what Buchner wrote.”

event notes

Viennale is still showing on October 26th. and 29.10. Herzog “Theater of Thought” and on 26.10. Documentary Thomas von Steinker “A Radical Dreamer”.

The Volkstheater appears on 28.10. “Hallucinations”, an evening with and with Werner Herzog.

He’s been following extreme people, stories, and landscapes for decades. “I try to be a good soldier. A good cinematic soldier,” says the director in the painting “Werner Herzog – a Radical Dreamer” by Thomas von Steinaker, which is shown as part of Vienna. “My life has meaning when I tell a story that I know lies deep within,” the director sums up in the documentary.

“No truth in memory”

He also attempts to trace such a story in his documentary Fire Within – “Requiem” by Katia and Maurice Kraft, two French volcanologists who died in 1991. From their recordings, Herzog extracts a story about their passion for the natural forces of volcanoes – and later declares the Kraffts to be artists . They ceased to be scientists and became filmmakers – and thus associates of the narrator Herzog, who combines images into an intoxicating musical.

© Morris, Katia Kraft and Titan Films

Footage from Krafts in Herzog’s suggestive montage: “The Fire Within”

Shipping notes

ORF III appears on October 28, 2009 Herzog focus: In “Special to Culture Today” Herzog takes a look at his career. Then there is “Queen of the Desert”, the documentary “My Dearest Enemy” and the two works with Klaus Kinski, “Fitzcaraldo” and “Aguirre, the Wrath of God.”

“There is no truth in memory” key sentence in it – a sarcastic comment by Herzog, which shows how he inserts foreign images and stories into his own work universe. Through the “Theater of Thought”, Herzog begins to search for traces of the achievements and failures of the human mind.

My composition for the new German film

With colleagues such as Wim Wenders, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff, Herzog shaped the new German film. He was looking for strong characters and extreme stories. In the 1970s and 1980s, he worked with Klaus Kinski, the eccentric star of joint films such as “Aguirre and Der Zorn Gottes” and “Fitzcarraldo”, under the most difficult and dangerous conditions in the South American jungle. He also got the genius of acting in front of the camera for the films “Nosferatu – Phantom of the Night” and “Woyzeck”. In the documentary “My Best Enemy,” he talks about their love and hate relationship.

Actor Robert Pattinson testifies to the director in the Radical Dreamer documentary: “You can feel this brutality that very few directors can pull off.” Nicole Kidman tells us that she was very tempted to go into this “Werner’s world” and dare to do things. The Academy Award winner in Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” embodies British explorer Gertrude Bell, who explored the desert hinterland of the Middle East at the beginning of the 20th century. “Twilight” star Pattinson plays alongside her.

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