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September 1976 (West Germany) See more »
Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Steve Liptay ... Himself
Scott McKain ... Himself
Ralph Wade ... Himself

Werner Herzog ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Werner Herzog 
Cinematography by
Thomas Mauch 
Film Editing by
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus 
Production Management
Walter Saxer .... production manager
Sound Department
Walter Saxer .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Francisco Joán .... assistant camera
Edward Lachman .... assistant camera (as Ed Lachman)

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"How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache" - West Germany (original title)
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44 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Herzog has said that he believes auctioneering to be "the last poetry possible, the poetry of capitalism."See more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Herzog all the way, 1 June 2007
Author: ccscd212 from Helsinki, Finland

Obviously not Herzog's best, but still definitely worth watching. The theme is classic Herzog-- I doubt that any other filmmaker would have considered cattle auctioneering world championships worth their celluloid. At 44 minutes, this isn't really a major work, but as usual Herzog is able to communicate to his audience what it was that drew him to the unique subject. Like Herzog says, there's something "fascinating and frightening" about what these auctioneers do; it's almost like music or "art" but what purpose does it serve? Cattle gets sold as quickly as humanly possible. If the subject doesn't drive you away, give this a try. Technically, it's quite basic, but the Herzog magic is there.

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