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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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Storyline

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 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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Soundtracks

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.
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A Failed Experiment?
13 March 2006 | by Dhaval VyasSee all my reviews

'Heart of Glass' was quite the daring experiment from the extraordinary German filmmaker Werner Herzog. He hypnotized all the actors except one man; a mystic who is trying to save a village from destroying itself. The scenery is stunning and so is the music. The yodeling at the begging of the film is hair-raising and unforgettable. Other than that, 'Heart of Glass' does not make any sense, especially the last scene. The final scene has nothing to do with the main story. The final scene has nothing to do with anything in general. Also, the hypnotized actors look goofy and silly most of the time rather than being in a trance-like state. It is a good thing when artists try to experiment like this, but in this case, I would consider the experiment a failure. Watch some other Herzog films, especially the ones with Klaus Kinski.


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