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Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (1974)

A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

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A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

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A poem of obsession, ecstasy and escape...
5 March 2003 | by (Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

The best of Herzog's shorts, this film documents the mysterious soaring Walter Steiner as he destroys the world ski-flying record in 1974 Yugoslavia.

To be fair, this is not really a documentary about Steiner, the Swiss woodcarver and ski-flyer, nor the sport in general, nor the competition and breaking off the world record, but something more intense and esoteric -- a poem of obsession, ecstasy and escape.

This mesmerizing piece (set to an airy Popol Vuh soundtrack) is marred only by repetitive shots of ski-jump accidents, Herzog's inserting himself into several shots and his unnecessary and clumsy closing line.


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