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
Ondas do mar de Vigo
(from Siete canciones de amigo) (uncredited)
Written by Martim Codax
Performed by Studio der frühen Musik
Played during the final scene when the boat sets out to sea. See more »
*** out of ****
Herzog's film about a small village that goes insane after their glassblower dies without revealing the secret to his ruby glass is pretentious yet interesting. The acting is strange - not good, not bad, just strange. The highlight of the movie is its brilliant visuals and cinematography. There is a lot to think about here, but Herzog never really makes it clear what he wants the viewer to think about. It's this confusion and lack of coherency that causes the movie to suffer. Overall, a decent effort and a good experiment but can't stand up to his other works, which offer some of the same themes in a better package.
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