During the 1800s, paroled Brazilian bandit Cobra Verde is sent to West Africa with a few troops to man an old Portuguese fort and to convince the local African ruler to resume the slave trade with Brazil.
An alien narrates the story of his dying planet, his and his people's visits to Earth and Earth's man-made demise, while human astronauts attempt to find an alternate planet for surviving humans to live on.
In the 1950s, an adolescent Werner Herzog was transfixed by a film performance of the young Klaus Kinski. Years later, they would share an apartment where, in an unabated, forty-eight-hour ... See full summary »
Two famous competitive climbers make a bet on who can climb Cerro Torre, one of the most dangerous mountains in Argentina and the world, first. As the day of the climb approaches, their increasing competitiveness becomes destructive.
The film is based on the true story of Zishe Breitbart, a Jewish blacksmith's son from Poland who becomes a sensation in Weimar, Berlin as a mythical strongman. His employer Hanussen dreams of establishing an all-powerful Ministry of the Occult in Hitler's government. Yet as Hitler's hold on power grows more sure, and Berlin erupts in a ferment of anti-Semitism, Zishe must decide how he will use his strength. Plagued by nightmares, he takes counsel from a local rabbi. He becomes convinced that he has been chosen by God to warn his people of the grave danger they face.Written by
Sujit R. Varma
The voice of the heckler in the audience heard right before Zishe dead lifts 900 pounds, belongs to Werner Herzog. See more »
When the story is told about the Japanese man that bet on black and it is said the Japanese man had a 50/50 chance. Roulette tables have a 0 and sometimes a 0 and double 0 which gives the house an advantage. The house always has the odds in their favor, there is never a 50/50 chance. See more »
Sweet and Lovely
Music and Lyrics by Gus Arnheim / Neil Moret (as Charles Daniels) / Harry Tobias
Performed by Max Raabe and his Palast Orchestra
Published by EMI Robbins Catalog Inc / Anne Rachel Music / Redwood Music Ltd / Range Road Music / Harry Tobias Music
Courtesy of EMI Music Partnership Musikverlag GmbH/ Greenhorn Musikverlag GmbH/ Warner-Chappell Music GmbH Germany,
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Tim Roth gives an extraordinary performance as Hanussan, the charlatan occultist with a deep dark secret in 1932 Germany. Jouko Ahola (a World's Strongest Man competitor) has a charming, gentle innocence that is perfectly suited for the role of Zishe Breitbart. Ahola's Breitbart is a naive, small town strongman tortured by visions of a horrible future event
a Holocaust which he can neither comprehend nor explain to his fellow Jews. Ahola's physicality, warmth and childlike kindness is reminiscent of Andre the Giant's performance in The Princess Bride. The film benefits from a wonderful and thoroughly engaging script by Werner Herzog. Roth's character, especially, has two beautifully crafted monologues towards the film's end which are absolutely staggering in their power and intensity. Well worth watching.
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