Werner Herzog – week 1

Yes, its finally here – hours of reviewing and writing have gone into this new review of the Anchor Bay Herzog/Kinski boxset.

The Films: 

Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972)

One of the best films of all time, at least in my opinion – it is a haunting yet realistic story of madness and fever in the jungle with some incredible acting and directing.

Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979)

Another incredible film, a remake of the classic 1920 silent vampire film, Herzog’s production is scary and atmospheric in a way that no other vampire film has come close too.

Woyzeck (1979)

A lesser known entry, this film was shot in just a few days and is based on a play that is little known outside of Germany. However, it includes some powerful acting and interesting direction, so worth seeing.

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Herzog really moves a boat over a mountain in this exciting, although slightly rushed film. Kinski gives a rare happy performance.

Cobra Verde (1987)

The last of the partnerships is this rather flatly directed film with an unimpressive plot.

My Best Fiend (1999)

With the exception of some interesting archive shots, there is nothing new in this tribute documentary made by Herzog 8 years after Kinski’s death.

The People:

We have new biographies of Klaus Kinski and composer Florian Fricke, plus an all new 2000 word biography of Werner Herzog himself.

Stay tuned to this blog for some one-off Herzog film reviews over the next few days, including his latest production, Grizzly Man (2005), and watch out next week for our complete review of the 7 film Werner Herzog boxset from Anchor Bay USA.

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