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How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (1976)

Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system, and compares it to the lifestyle of the Amish, who live nearby.

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Uncredited cast:
Werner Herzog ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Steve Liptay Steve Liptay ... Himself (uncredited)
Scott McKain Scott McKain ... Himself (uncredited)
Ralph Wade Ralph Wade ... Himself (uncredited)
Leon Wallace Leon Wallace ... Himself (uncredited)
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Herzog examines the world championships for cattle auctioneers, his fascination with a language created by an economic system, and compares it to the lifestyle of the Amish, who live nearby. Written by <mikewittr@aol.com>

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September 1976 (West Germany) See more »

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How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck... See more »

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New Holland, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Herzog has said that he believes auctioneering to be "the last poetry possible, the poetry of capitalism." See more »

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Comic documentary
10 June 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Werner Herzog's obsession with small-town America continues in HOW MUCH WOOD WOULD A WOODCHUCK CHUCK?, a short documentary that's filmed during the world speed-talking auctioneer championships in the USA. While there are a few digressions involving the Amish (always a welcome subject for cinema), for the most part this is a static documentary in which the auteur sets his camera up and leaves it filming various contenders, all of them trying their best to out speed-talk the competition.

I was first introduced to this kind of speed-talking in Herzog's follow-up film STROSZEK, and it's amazing to listen to. Watching the contenders practising and talking about their backgrounds adds to the experience. Some may find the lengthy competition scenes a little wearying due to their similarity, but I was never less than amused by listening to these guys doing something I could only dream of.


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