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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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Werner Herzog

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

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1 January 1974 (West Germany) See more »

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The Great Ecstasy of the Sculptor Steiner See more »

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Oberstdorf, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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DEM 72,000 (estimated)
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Werner Herzog- Fan Boy
9 January 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

After the madness of Aguirre the Wrath of God, Werner Herzog turned his attention to the greatest ski flier of his day Walter Steiner. Herzog follows Steiner as he get ready for and competes in an international competition. The film is less about the man, I know very little more now that I've seen the film, than it is about what he can do, and that is fly very far on skis. Steiner is so good that he starts farther down on the ramp than the competition and still blows everyone else out of the water.

While the film is very good, and at time exceedingly beautiful, it is ultimately a film made by a fan in celebration of his hero. Its really quite amusing to see the seemingly unflappable Herzog reduced to being a rather human sports nut. Herzog is in love with his subject and what he can do and it shows, thankfully in a positive way.

Despite being a very rough film in many ways it still captivates in its rawness. There is something about the imagery and Steiners achievement that makes it all worth watching.


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