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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

Writers:

Herbert Achternbusch (based on a screenplay by), 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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Genres:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Werner Herzog: one of the men carrying a load of ruby glass on his back to be thrown into the river. 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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an incredibly dense atmosphere
26 July 2001 | by fred-83See all my reviews

This is a truly mesmerizing movie experience. It manages to balance that fine line between stylization and total realism, not unlike Kubrick, though he never ventured this far. The cinematography is almost like in a documentary, but the performances and narrative is totally abstract and stylized. In my opinion, it succesfully transports the viewer into another reality. It is a film that invites you to meditate and free-associate at your own will. The narrative, linear but disjointed, suggests a breakdown of time itself, a consequence of the lost secret of the glass. The long sections with hypnotizing music and magical landscapes balances well with the rest of the story, and there are scenes were dialogue, visuals and music, creates an incredibly dense atmosphere. There is also a welcome sense of humor which prevents it from becoming overly pretentious. I found it to be a very inspiring and unique movie, and I recommend it to anyone tired of the ordinary.


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