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Precautions Against Fanatics (1969)
"Massnahmen gegen Fanatiker" (original title)

 |  Short  |  26 November 1976 (USA)
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The film features several horse trainers and other track workers talking about their roles at the track, always eventually interrupted by an older man who claims to be the true authority, and demands that they be thrown out. One recurring young man, the first to appear, claims that he protects the horses from enthusiastic racing fans. He does not appear to be employed by the track, but seems to provide his services voluntarily. His protection from "fanatics" gives the film its title. The film is shot in a documentary style, but the sheer implausibility of the dialogue leaves the exact nature of the film ambiguous.

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A very slight and minor film from Werner Herzog
16 February 2015 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

Precautions Against Fanatics is a short film which was notable in a minor way for being the first colour film director Werner Herzog made. It takes the form of a mockumentary and focuses on various people on a horse racecourse who talk about the different ways they protect the horses they care for from fanatics. All the while an old man tries to make them go away.

This is first and foremost a comedy but the problem that I had was that I simply didn't really get the joke at all! It's certainly a very minor work from Herzog that will only be of interest to his fans to be honest. At twelve minutes, it's so short as to not get boring and its oddball nature certainly is interesting…to an extent. But overall, this isn't too good and is more a case of Herzog having a laugh than much else.


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