1984 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog about children soldiers in Nicaragua. The film focuses on a group of Miskito Indians who used children soldiers in their resistance against the Sandinistas.
This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames. In contrast to the common documentary film there are no comments and few interviews. What must have been the hell itself ... See full summary »
In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »
An alien narrates the story of his dying planet, his and his people's visits to Earth and Earth's man-made demise, while human astronauts attempt to find an alternate planet for surviving humans to live on.
German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.
Herzog takes a film crew to the island of Guadeloupe when he hears that the volcano on the island is going to erupt. Everyone has left, except for one old man who refuses to leave. Herzog ... See full summary »
A small village is renowned for its "Ruby Glass" glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the glassworks becomes obssessed with the lost secret. Written by
Drink about 9 cups of coffee before you attempt to see this one!!
As I watched "Heart of Glass", I couldn't believe the complete lack of energy that dominated the film. The first 8 minutes or so consisted of yodeling and scenes of the mountain shot through a gauze-like filter. Then, when people came into the film and started talking, they all seemed to act as if they're all suffering from an overdose of sleeping pills. I have NEVER seen such a slow and lifeless beginning to a film and it did feel rather pretentious. Sure, the town is saddened by the recent death of a master glass maker--but even then, showing them sad would have been a major improvement--they were downright zombie-like. --and they had tons more energy. Because of this complete lack of any energy, I was very tempted to turn off the film. But, because I usually like director Werner Herzog's films, I decided to stick with it a bit longer. However, try as I might, I felt the life being drained from me with each passing minute. Truly, this is an almost impossible to watch film. And this is saying a lot, as I have seen and enjoyed tons of pretentious art films! The biggest problem with me and this films is that although the towns people SHOULD have been depressed, none were upset---just catatonic. It made the film utterly joyless and SHOULD have been better. For example, "La Femme du Boulanger" from Marcel Pagnol had a very similar theme but was clever and fun--and is one of the best French films of the 1930s. Unlike "Heart of Glass", it did NOT feature scenes showing a pile of dead flies or Hias the fortune-teller talking about the apocalypse!
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