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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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It must lose something in the translation.
28 December 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Massnahmen Gegen Fanatiker" is a German documentary short by Werner Herzog. While I noticed that some reviewers loved it and thought it to be a brilliant mockumentary, as an American who watching the film it all seemed very pointless...even stupid. Now I am NOT being critical of the film--more saying that whatever the joke is, I cannot fathom it and think this will be the reaction non-Germans will have when they see the film. Why is it funny or clever? I have no idea! My advice is to see the film with a German friend--so they can explain it and why it's a good film. As for me, I just felt lost and confused. All I saw were some nutty folks who just rambled on and on and on....and on.


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