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Heart of Glass (1976)

Herz aus Glas (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 17 December 1976 (West Germany)
The foreman of a small village glassworks dies without revealing the secret to the famous "Ruby Glass".

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josef Bierbichler ...
Hias
Stefan Güttler ...
Huttenbesitzer
Clemens Scheitz ...
Volker Prechtel
Sonja Skiba ...
Ludmilla
Brunhilde Klöckner ...
Paulin
Wolf Albrecht
Thomas Binkley
Janos Fischer
Wilhelm Friedrich
Edith Gratz
Alois Hruschka
Egmont Hugel
Sterling Jones
Karl Kaufmann
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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 Anonymous

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The majority of the actors (with the exception of Hias and the glass blowers) were actually hypnotized by Werner Herzog and perform under hypnosis on screen. See more »

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Featured in The South Bank Show: Werner Herzog (1982) See more »

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Zäuerli mit Talerschwingen
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[Played during the first scene whilst Hias is watching the herd.]
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Is all human striving in vain
3 November 1999 | by (Watsonville, California) – See all my reviews

At a Q&A after an appearance at a week long run of his films in SF, Herzog was asked whether, since all his characters seem to be destroyed in the process of pursuing their dreams, he felt that all human striving to realize our dreams was in vain. "If you and I were old friends sitting over beers, you might get me to talk about that..." he responded. So I asked him if the the arabesque at the end of Heart of Glass held a clue. He responded by repeating that true story of fishermen who left for a rock on the horizon. This movie is a dream about people who allow their dreams to be controlled by the vagaries of the society and economy of the moment, because when that is gone, and they have no personal dream, they are truly lost. Warning: All of Herzog's films tend to be poetic allegories and as translucent as the clouds rolling through the Alps in slow motion to the dream music of Popol Vu (AKA Florian Fricke, who does Herzog's soundtracks and tantric instrumentals.)

An yes, this movie is more obtuse, dream like and surreal than even his usual stuff. So if you want Sound of Music Alpine scenes, or real life MTV, you will hate this film. But if you've ever dreamed in color, you might enjoy it.


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