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How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck... (1976)

How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache (original title)
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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Werner Herzog
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Uncredited cast:
Werner Herzog ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Steve Liptay Steve Liptay ... Self (uncredited)
Scott McKain Scott McKain ... Self (uncredited)
Ralph Wade Ralph Wade ... Self (uncredited)
Leon Wallace Leon Wallace ... Self (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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auctioneer | amish | See All (2) »

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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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Herzog all the way
1 June 2007 | by ccscd212See all my reviews

Obviously not Herzog's best, but still definitely worth watching. The theme is classic Herzog-- I doubt that any other filmmaker would have considered cattle auctioneering world championships worth their celluloid. At 44 minutes, this isn't really a major work, but as usual Herzog is able to communicate to his audience what it was that drew him to the unique subject. Like Herzog says, there's something "fascinating and frightening" about what these auctioneers do; it's almost like music or "art" but what purpose does it serve? Cattle gets sold as quickly as humanly possible. If the subject doesn't drive you away, give this a try. Technically, it's quite basic, but the Herzog magic is there.


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Country:

West Germany

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German | English

Release Date:

September 1976 (West Germany) See more »

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

Filming Locations:

New Holland, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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