Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog Stipetić
BirthplaceMunich, Germany

Herzog, Werner,

1942–, German director, screenwriter, and producer; originally named Werner Stipetic. One of the leading filmmakers in contemporary German cinema, the prolific Herzog is known for his vivid and poetic films. He made short films during the 1960s, made his first feature, Signs of Life, in 1968, and came to wide public attention with Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), a spectacular portrayal of the tropical rain forest and the character of a mad conquistador. Breathtaking landscape, acutely observed detail, mysterious heroes, and tales of danger and escape fill his work, which enthusiasts have called visionary and some critics have branded self-indulgent. His other feature films include The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), Heart of Glass (1976), Stroszek (1977), Nosferatu (1978), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982; the subject of Les Blank's revealing 1982 documentary Burden of Dreams), Hard to Be a God (1989), the Hollywood-made Invincible (2002), and Queen of the Desert (2015) about British traveler and official Gertrude BellBell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Herzog has also made a group of varied and original documentaries. They include Lessons of Darkness (1992), which pictures a devastated Kuwait in the wake of the First Persian Gulf War; My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski (1999), a portrait of the brilliant but unpredictable actor who starred in five Herzog films; Wheel of Time (2003), exploring Tibetan Buddhism; Grizzly Man (2005), the story of a man devoted to wild bears who was ultimately killed by one; Encounters at the End of the World (2008), about the Antarctic; Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011), a 3D film on the cave art of Chauvet, France; Into the Abyss (2011), the account of a Texas double murder and the murderer; Happy People (2013), chronicling the life of trappers in Siberia's subarctic forest; and Into the Inferno (2016), about the world's volcanoes. The plot of his documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)—a Vietnam War pilot is shot down, imprisoned, and escapes—was recounted in his Hollywood feature Rescue Dawn (2007). Herzog has also directed television features and operas.


See his Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of "Fitzcarraldo" (2004, tr. 2009); Herzog on Herzog (2002), ed. by P. Cronin; study by T. Corrigan, ed. (1986); B. Presser, ed., Werner Herzog (2003).

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Summary: DUBAI - The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will present its Lifetime Achievement honour to Werner Herzog, an Academy Award nominated German filmmaker, and one of the founders of the 'New German Cinema,' which marked the renaissance of the country's film industry.
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The program of the festival is composed of thematic selections of the latest films of directors such as Jerzy Skolimowski, Jan Svankmajer, Werner Herzog, Xavier Dolan, Bong Joon-ho, Tony Gatlif, Alain Corneau, Olivier Assayas to the special sections about Kazakh and Italian cinema as well as "Human Against the Nature" selection and the films of directors like Bertrand Tavernier, Takeshi Kitano and Ken Loach.