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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 Auge in Auge - Eine deutsche Filmgeschichte (2008) 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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The Smoke At The End Of The World
18 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hypnotized actors, in this story of how something as fragile as glass can bring on the apocalypse for a small German community. There's a character who predicts the future, and narrates in some of Herzog's most poetic dialog yet. The scenes at the end overlooking the cliffs above the Atlantic and their dream of "worlds to come", keep this from being your usual end of all things story. For Herzog there aren't ends, just junctures where one thing dies and another begins. Cycles in history (reflected in the mysterious prophets discussion of greater apocalypses to come in the future world wars 1 and 2).

The man who can see the future (and who is of course blamed for all the towns ills), at one point wishes he was out of his cell, and in the next scene he's walking in the woods talking to himself, giving the film a strange tinge of magic realism(though realism and this film don't exactly mix). Strange, difficult, but unforgettable, and a must for Herzog fans. (also it's where the Blondie song comes from)


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