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Heart of Glass (1976)

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

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writer:

Herbert Achternbusch (scenario)
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Cast

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

Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

17 December 1976 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Heart of Glass See more »

Filming Locations:

Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The main character "Hias" is based on the legendary Bavarian prophet Mühlhiasl. See more »

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Ondas do mar de Vigo
(from Siete canciones de amigo) (uncredited)
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Terribly beautiful - terribly pretentious
27 March 2002 | by zetesSee all my reviews

It's impossible to love this film, and it is as impossible to hate it. The plot is slight and silly, and the dialogue and acting are unintentionally hilarious. Heart of Glass could stand as the archetype of the so-called "pretentious European cinema," you know, the kind you would have seen Mike Meyers make fun of in his "Sprockets" sketches on SNL. In fact, I don't know of anything that comes even close to Heart of Glass in its pretentions. The film is as shallow as could be. Perhaps those with overactive imaginations could "figure it out," but I don't want to waste that time.

However, Herzog is an amazingly skilled director. The script may suck, but the visuals, the cinematography and the mise-en-scene, represent some of the greatest moments in all cinema. It's not a non-stop beauty festival, but there are many individual scenes of outrageous splendor. If only Herzog had planned the script as intricately as he searched out locations for the shoot. What this film really reminds me of an Andrei Tarkovsky or Michelangelo Antonioni film with no substance whatsoever. I can't give Heart of Glass more than a 7/10, but, in many ways, it's a must see. If you've never seen a Herzog film before, though, avoid this one. Start with Aguirre the Wrath of God or, my favorite so far, Fitzcarraldo.


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