Werner Herzog is a fantastic filmmaker who’s brought many brilliant films to screens all over the world. In this article, we list what we believe to be the best Werner Herzog films.

Herzog has produced screen magic with Fitzcarraldo, Grizzly Man and Aguirre, the Wrath of God, among many others. So whether you’re doing research on him, or ready to sit down and watch one of these movies tonight, this list of the top Werner Herzog films will be just what you need!

It should be noted that we’ve included the films in a rough ranking order. But with a filmmaker like Werner Herzog, the work is so good that it’s really hard to form an exact order.

So, without further ado, let’s jump right in and list the best Werner Herzog films!

The Best Werner Herzog Films

Let’s start off with an absolute cinema classic, Aguirre the Wrath of God.

Aguirre, the Wrath of God

In the mid-16th century, after annihilating the Incan empire, Gonzalo Pizarro (Allejandro Repulles) leads his army of conquistadors over the Andes into the heart of the most savage environment on earth in search of the fabled City of Gold, El Dorado.

As the soldiers battle starvation, Indians, the forces of nature, and each other, Don Lope de Aguirre (Klaus Kinski), “The Wrath of God, “, is consumed with visions of conquering all of South America and revolts, leading his own army down a treacherous river on a doomed quest into oblivion.

Featuring a seething, controlled performance from Klaus Kinski, this masterpiece from director Werner Herzog is an unforgettable portrait of madness and power.

Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God is one of the great haunting visions of the cinema –Roger Ebert

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God
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  • Klaus Kinski, Ruy Guerra (Actors)
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Grizzly Man

In this mesmerizing film, acclaimed director Werner Herzog explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell, who lived unarmed among grizzlies for 13 summers.

Grizzly Man is a 2005 American documentary film by German director Werner Herzog. It chronicles the life and death of bear enthusiast Timothy Treadwell.

The film includes some of Treadwell’s own footage of his interactions with brown bears before 2003, and of interviews with people who knew or were involved with Treadwell, as well as professionals dealing with wild bears.

Treadwell and his then-girlfriend Amie Huguenard, who were both originally from New York state, lost their lives to a bear on October 6, 2003.

Treadwell’s footage was found after his death. The bear that killed Treadwell and Huguenard was later encountered and killed by the group retrieving the partially consumed remains of the victims.

An audio recording of the attack was captured by Treadwell’s camera but has never been released.

The film’s soundtrack is by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Richard Thompson.

Herzog used sequences extracted from more than 100 hours of video footage shot by Treadwell during the last five years of his life.

In addition to presenting views from friends and professionals, Herzog narrates and offers his own interpretations of events.

He concluded that Treadwell had a sentimental view of nature, thinking he could tame the wild bears.

Herzog notes that nature is cold and harsh; Treadwell’s view clouded his thinking and led him to underestimate the danger, resulting in his death and that of Huguenard.

Treadwell’s video camera captured an audio record of the bear attack. Herzog refrained from making this a part of the film, but he is shown listening to it, clearly disturbed.

The director advises Jewel Palovak, the owner of the tape, to destroy it rather than listen to it herself. He would later repudiate his own advice, saying it was:

Stupid … silly advice born out of the immediate shock of hearing—I mean, it’s the most terrifying thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

Being shocked like that, I told her, ‘You should never listen to it, and you should rather destroy it. It should not be sitting on your shelf in your living room all the time.’

[But] she slept over it and decided to do something much wiser. She did not destroy it but separated herself from the tape, and she put it in a bank vault.

The coroner gave Palovak Treadwell’s wristwatch, which had been retrieved from his left arm, one of the few remains found.

Willy Fulton, the pilot who discovered the remains of Treadwell and Huguenard, had noted seeing the lone arm with the wristwatch and not being able to keep the image out of his mind.

Grizzly Man
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Who Is Werner Herzog?

Werner Herzog is a German film director, producer, and screenwriter. His films often deal with themes such as madness, death, spirituality, and the human condition. He was born in Munich on September 5th, 1942.

Herzog is an incredibly prolific filmmaker with over 60 films to his credit, both narrative and documentary films.

He has been called “one of the greatest figures of the New German Cinema” along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Wim Wenders.

His movies have garnered international acclaim as well as widespread praise from critics for their inventiveness, clarity, lack of sentimentality or moralizing, and beauty even when dealing with difficult topics such as profound deafness (in Land Of Silence And Darkness), madness (Aguirre: Wrath Of God) or torture (Rescue Dawn).




Iquitos is a town isolated in the middle of the jungle in Peru. One resident of the small town, “Fitzcarraldo”, as the natives call him, dreams of bringing together Enrico Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt for one great celebration of Grand Opera.

To finance this fantastic dream, Fitzcarraldo decides to exploit a vast area of rubber trees growing beyond the impassable Ucayala Falls.

To circumvent this barrier, he literally has his huge steamboat lifted over a mountain from one branch of the river to the other.

With the aid of a tribe of Indians bewitched by the voice of the greatest singer of all time, Enrico Caruso, Fitzcarraldo fights fever, mosquitos, and suffocating heat to achieve the impossible…

One of Werner Herzog’s most acclaimed and audacious films, Fitzcarraldo tells the incredible story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald (played by Herzog regular Klaus Kinski), an opera-loving fortune hunter who dreams of bringing opera (specifically Caruso) to a remote trading post on the heart of the Peruvian jungle.

With the help of the beautiful Madam Molly (Claudia Cardinale), his loyal crew, and an indigenous tribe, Fitzcarraldo journeys up the rivers of the Amazon hauling his steamship, the Molly Aida, over a mountain in order to access the riches of hitherto unexploited rubber territory.

Evocative of the troubled circumstances of its own production, Fitzcarraldo is both a confessional self-portrait of Herzog the adventuring artist and a grandiose paean to those who dare to live out their wildest dreams.

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  • Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy (Actors)
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Encounters at the End of the World

In the most hostile, barren, alien environment on the planet – you meet the most interesting people.

Welcome to Antarctica – as you’ve never experienced it. You’ve seen the extraordinary marine life, the retreating glaciers and, of course, the penguins, but leave it to award-winning, iconoclastic filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Rescue Dawn) to be the first to explore the South Pole’s most fascinating inhabitants…humans.

In this one-of-kind documentary, Herzog turns his camera on a group of remarkable individuals, “professional dreamers” who work, play, and struggle to survive in a harsh landscape of mesmerizing, otherworldly beauty – perhaps the last frontier on earth.

Just about anywhere Werner Herzog goes becomes an interesting place, in part because the director shapes it with his distinctively sardonic eye.

In Encounters at the End of the World, the ‘Zog heads off to Antarctica, finding there a population of unusual people, hallucinatory underwater life, and penguins.

He doesn’t appear on camera, but the unmistakably Teutonic Herzog voice is very much with us all the time, a baleful tour guide for this blank destination.

In the human outposts of Antarctica, Herzog finds the kind of people you might expect would gravitate to the edge of existence–the curious, the oddball, the wanderers who’ve run out of other places to explore.

He finds some deadpan hilarity, especially in filming a communication drill involving people practicing blizzard conditions (they wear buckets over their heads while roped together).

The underwater photography (a realm previously explored in Herzog’s The Wild Blue Yonder) is by Henry Kaiser, and it meshes perfectly with the director’s interest in alien eye-scapes.

And when Herzog finally does find penguins, his imagination goes to the idea that some penguins go insane, scurrying off into their own suicidal directions.

This isn’t as arresting a film as Grizzly Man, but it is an entertaining travelogue spiked with quirky observations. –Robert Horton

Encounters at the End of the World
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  • Werner Herzog (Actor)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Phil Fairclough (Producer)
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Little Dieter Needs to Fly

As a young boy, Dieter Dengler watched as Allied planes destroyed his village.

From that instant, he knew that he wanted to fly. So at 18, he moved to America, enlisted in the Navy, and was promptly shipped off to Vietnam.

During one of his first missions, however, Dengler was shot down over Laos and taken prisoner.

Despite torture and starvation-at one point he weighed 85 pounds-he escaped, and after a harrowing journey through the jungle on foot, returned home.

Today, even comfort and success cannot dispel the demons of his past.

In this remarkable, award-winning documentary, director Werner Herzog returns to the jungle with Dengler, to tell an incredible tale of courage and survival against impossible odds.

Little Dieter Needs To Fly
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  • Werner Herzog, Dieter Dengler, Eugene Deatrick (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Lucki Stipetić (Producer)
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Where the Green Ants Dream

Aborigines fight a uranium-mining company in court over tribal land linked to a legend. Directed by Werner Herzog.

Director Werner Herzog is famous for the deranged physical feats he captures in his movies, but Where the Green Ants Dream tackles an even greater challenge: The gap between the Western mind and Australian aboriginal cosmology.

In the Australian outback, a geologist for a mining company (Bruce Spence, The Road Warrior, Aquamarine) finds his work obstructed by aborigines who tell him that his explosive tests will disrupt the dreaming of the green ants and wreak havoc on humanity. The mining company tries to mollify the aborigines, but they implacably resist.

The confrontation escalates to a lawsuit argued before the Australian supreme court (which is based on the first legal battle over aboriginal land rights).

This may sound dry–and much of the film is bathed in gusts of red Australian dust–but throughout the film, the geologist struggles to communicate with the aborigines and grasp the fundamentally different perception of the world.

His glimpse (and ours) of this other worldview turns Western civilization on its side and leads the geologist to question his whole life.

Herzog (Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Grizzly Man) isn’t subtle, but that doesn’t diminish the often hypnotic power of his images, from footage of tornados to the faces of the aborigines, gentle as water yet as firm as stones.

This is a worthy addition to Herzog’s difficult, thrilling, maddening, and ultimately rewarding body of work. –Bret Fetzer

Where The Green Ants Dream
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  • Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Roy Marika (Actor)
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Werner Herzog – Themes and Style

When you watch a movie directed by Werner Herzog, it is hard not to notice his signature style of filmmaking.

Herzog’s films are usually filled with natural landscapes and shots from the sky, but he also likes to include scenes that show people in nature or at its extremes like volcanoes.

Themes throughout his films often have something to do with man’s relationship with nature and how humans can sometimes be so destructive towards it.

Herzog’s films are characterized by their epic productions and often have a tragic hero who is lost or struggles to find meaning in life.



Nosferatu the Vampyre

It is 1850 in the beautiful, perfectly-kept town of Wismar. Jonathan Harker is about to leave on a long journey over the Carpathian Mountains to finalize real estate arrangements with a wealthy nobleman.

His wife, Lucy begs him not to go and is troubled by a strong premonition of danger.

Despite her warnings, Jonathan arrives four weeks later at a large, gloomy castle. Out of the mist appears a pale, wraith-like figure with a shaven head and deep-sunken eyes who identifies himself as Count Dracula.

The events that transpire slowly convince Harker that he is in the presence of a vampyre. What he doesn’t know is the magnitude of the danger he, his wife, and his town are about to experience.

Scream Factory does us all a great service by bringing Herzog’s vision to blu-ray. The image is so stunningly sharp, one can’t help but dream of what the rest of his film catalog will look like. –Movielineonline

Nosferatu, The Vampyre
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  • Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Walter Saxer (Producer)
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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser – The true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828.

He had been held captive in a dungeon for his entire life that he could remember and had only just been released, for reasons unknown. Who is this man, and who would want him dead?

In his widely acclaimed attempt to fathom The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, director Werner Herzog probes a real-life mystery that has puzzled German society for nearly two centuries.

In the title role, Herzog ingeniously cast the equally mysterious street musician Bruno S., whose mesmerizing performance is unique in the history of film.

Isolated since infancy in a dank cellar, the now-adult Kaspar is abandoned in 1820s Nuremberg by his unknown custodian; townsfolk futilely speculate on his origins, and he’s shaped by a bourgeois villager who places rigid, conflicting restraints on his new and peculiar perspective on the world around him.

It’s telling that Herzog’s preferred title is Every Man for Himself and God Against All, for this is an eerily effective cautionary tale about an innocent man of nature who moves from one prison to another in a cruelly fateful universe.

The mystery lingers, making The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser a deep, resonant reflection on the nature of humanity. –Jeff Shannon

The Enigma of Kasper Hauser
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  • Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira (Actor)
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My Best Fiend

Actor Klaus Kinski and director Werner Herzog worked together to produce the finest films of their careers-even though they nearly killed each other in the process!

Their tempestuous relationship is the focus of this truly fascinating documentary. 1999/color/100 min/NR/German/subtitled.

Most people associate the director Werner Herzog with the actor Klaus Kinski–but few know how twisted and enmeshed their relationship was.

Though Kinski has made dozens of movies, he probably remains best known for the five he made with Herzog: Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Cobra Verde, and Fitzcarraldo.

In this documentary/cinematic memoir, Herzog uses clips from these remarkable films, on-the-set footage, and personal recollections to create a portrait of Kinski as both a deeply passionate actor and a raving lunatic; it’s hard to say whether he’s defaming Kinski or being generous to this mercurial, erratic actor.

There’s no question that their relationship is fascinating; after their first movie (Aguirre, probably the best of their collaborations) they both described moments of wanting to kill each other–in fact, both agree that Herzog threatened to shoot Kinski at one point, though they differ on the details.

Yet they went on to make four more movies, almost all of them under circumstances that would be difficult for the most serene personalities.

My Best Fiend was inspired by Kinski’s death, and probably the movie’s weakest aspect is that we don’t get Kinski’s side of their friendship.

But even though it’s one-sided, it’s still a remarkable portrait of two artists who were willing to go to extremes to capture their visions. Any fan of either will find this unique documentary indispensable. –Bret Fetzer

My Best Fiend
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  • Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale (Actor)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Lucki Stipetic (Producer)
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Land of Silence and Darkness

“In this astonishing documentary about the world of the deaf-blind, acclaimed director Werner Herzog (Signs of Life, Aguirre: The Wrath of God) explores the life of Fini Straubinger, a remarkable and kind-hearted 56-year-old deaf and blind woman who has dedicated her life to helping the similarly afflicted.

From their first flight on an airplane to a day at a petting-zoo, Herzog captures the joys and struggles of those who have been isolated from the world around them.

Land of Silence and Darkness is a tribute to the triumphant nature of the human spirit and a glimpse into an existence so intense and abstract that at times it seems to reach great lyrical heights.”

Land Of Silence And Darkness
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  • Fini Straubinger, Elsa Fehrer, Heinrich Fleischmann (Actors)
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Bruno Stroszek is released from prison and ekes out a living as a street musician. He befriends Eva, a prostitute down on her luck.

After they are harried and beaten by Eva’s pimps, they join Bruno’s neighbor, Scheitz, an elderly eccentric, when he leaves Germany to live in Wisconsin in search of the American dream.

Stroszek is one of Werner Herzog’s most accessible films, and one of his best.

Herzog’s clever use of kitschy folk music is just one perfect element in this mesmerizing, seriocomic “ballad” of America, in which a trio of unlikely friends leave their dreary lives in Berlin, certain that wealth and comfort await in America.

Their naive American dream turns sour in rural Wisconsin, and the title character (played by Bruno S., the fascinating nonactor from Herzog’s The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser) becomes an insanely tragic figure, celebrating a bitterly absurd Thanksgiving in the film’s unforgettable closing scenes.

By fusing his own intuitive, enigmatic style with factual details from the life of Bruno S., Herzog captures the elusive “ecstatic truth” that motivates his enduring cinematic vision.

While deepening one of the most unusual actor-director collaborations in the history of film, Stroszek presents an American nightmare that’s funny, bizarre, and deeply, magnificently human. –Jeff Shannon

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  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Willi Segler (Producer)
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Cobra Verde

In their last film together, director Werner Herzog drew from actor Klaus Kinski a performance that grounds Kinski’s volcanic passions with a new gravity–perhaps age was bringing Kinski down to earth.

He plays Cobra Verde, a notorious Brazilian bandit, whom a plantation owner hires to keep his slaves in line.

After Cobra Verde impregnates all his daughters, the owner and the authorities conspire to send the bandit to Africa to reopen the slave trade.

They expect him to be killed, but through a mixture of his own cunning and the volatile politics of West Africa, Cobra Verde ends up leading an army of women to overthrow the king.

Cobra Verde is disjointed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching. Kinski is magnetic in scene after remarkable scene, and though the whole isn’t satisfying, the parts certainly are. –Bret Fetzer

Cobra Verde
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  • Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Francis Annan (Producer)
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Even Dwarfs Started Small

Directed by Werner Herzog. A modern-day morality tale about a group of dwarfs who run amok after they’re imprisoned on a remote island. In German with English subtitles. 1970/b&w/96 min/NR/fullscreen.

With a cast composed entirely of dwarfs, Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God) tells a tale of asylum inmates taking over the asylum.

The institution’s governor is holed up in his own home with a rebel hostage to keep him company.

As the inmates’ wrangling for the release of their fellow captive comes to naught, all symbols of ordered society are mocked and brought to a shambles.

Typewriters are smashed, flowers are set on fire, a dinner ceremony ends with the slapstick smashing of plates, a monkey is tied to a crucifix and paraded in solemn observance, chickens resort to cannibalism.

All vestige of order is disrupted in Herzog’s blackly humorous, fatalistic parable, leaving us with nothing but the mad, strident cackling of a dwarf.

It’s not just that the dwarfs are grotesques, but that we all are grotesques in this eerie little world, and it’s only through Herzog’s eye that we see this clearly.

This deceptively simple story builds with amazing power from beginning to end, brutal and compassionate, uncompromising and mad. –Jim Gay

Even Dwarfs Start Small
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  • Helmut Doring, Paul Glauer, Gisela Hertwig (Actor)
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What Is Werner Herzog Known For?

• Carrying a ship over a mountain (for real!) in order to make his epic  Fitzcarraldo.

• Eating his shoe after losing a bet.

• Throwing himself into a cactus tree (again after losing a bet).

• Being shot whilst filming an interview for the BBC.

• Pulling Joaquin Phoenix from a burning car wreck (yes, seriously!)

• All of these can be verified! Crazy stuff.



Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass is a 1976 German film directed and produced by Werner Herzog, set in 18th century Bavaria.

The film was written by Herzog, based partly on a story by Herbert Achternbusch. The main character is Hias, based on the legendary Bavarian prophet, Mühlhiasl.

The setting is an 18th-century Bavarian town with a glassblowing factory that produces a brilliant ruby glass.

When the master glass blower dies, the secret of producing it is lost. The local Baron, who owns the factory, is obsessed with the ruby glass and believes it to have magical properties. With the loss of the secret, he descends into madness along with the rest of the townspeople.

The main character is Hias, a seer from the hills, who predicts the destruction of the factory in a fire.

During shooting, almost all of the actors performed while under hypnosis.

Every actor in every scene was hypnotized, with the exception of the character Hias and the professional glassblowers who appear in the film.

The hypnotized actors give very strange performances, which Herzog intended to suggest the trance-like state of the townspeople in the story.

Herzog provided the actors with most of their dialogue, memorized during hypnosis.

However, many of the hypnotized actors’ gestures and movements occurred spontaneously during filming.

The majority of the film was shot in Bavaria, just a few miles from where Herzog was raised in the remote village of Sachrang (nestled in the Chiemgau Alps), and also at a nearby village in Switzerland.

Other brief shots of landscape scenes were filmed in various locations around the world that Herzog scouted out, including Yellowstone National Park. The conclusion of the film was shot on the Skellig Islands.

Herzog, along with other members of the crew, has a cameo as one of the men carrying a load of ruby glass to the river.

Heart Of Glass
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  • Josef Bierbichler, Stefan Guttler, Clemens Scheitz (Actor)
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Lessons of Darkness

Lessons of Darkness is a 1992 film by director Werner Herzog.

Shot in documentary style on 16mm film from the perspective of an almost alien observer, the film is an exploration of the ravaged oil fields of post-Gulf War Kuwait, decontextualized and characterized in such a way as to emphasize the terrain’s cataclysmic strangeness.

An effective companion to his earlier film Fata Morgana, Herzog again perceives the desert as a landscape with its own voice.

A co-production with Paul Berriff, the film was financed by the television studios Canal+ and Première.

The film is a meditation on catastrophe, contextualized through the literary modes of religion and science fiction. It begins with a quotation, attributed to Blaise Pascal: “The collapse of the stellar universe will occur – like creation – in grandiose splendor.”

This attribution is apocryphal, as the text was in fact written by Herzog for the film and chosen, like the music, to give the film a certain mood.

The prologue of the quotation is followed by thirteen sections, denoted by numbered title cards: “A Capital City”, “The War”, “After the Battle”, “Finds from Torture Chambers”, “Satan’s National Park”, “Childhood”, “And a Smoke Arose like a Smoke from a Furnace”, “A Pilgrimage”, “Dinosaurs on the Go”, “Protuberances”, “The Drying Up of the Source”, “Life Without the Fire” and “I am so tired of sighing; Lord, let it be night”.

Mostly devoid of commentary, the imagery concentrates on the aftermath of the first Gulf War – specifically on the Kuwaiti oil fires, although no relevant political or geographical information is mentioned.

Herzog intended to alienate the audience from images to which they had become inured from saturated news coverage, and thereby to “penetrate deeper than CNN ever could”.

Herzog uses a telephoto lens, truck-mounted shots as in Fata Morgana, static shots of the workers near the oil fires, and many helicopter shots of the bleak landscape.

By avoiding establishing shots, Herzog heightens the apocalyptic effect of depicting the devastated landscape.

Herzog remarked that “the film has not a single frame that can be recognized as our planet, and yet we know it must have been shot here”.

Herzog’s sparse commentary interprets the imagery out of its documentary context, and into poetic fiction: the opening narration begins “A planet in our solar system/ wide mountain ranges, clouds, the land shrouded in the mist”.

The narrative stance is detached, bemused; Herzog makes no effort to explain the actual causes of the catastrophic scenes but interprets them in epic terms with vaunting rhetoric to accompany the Wagnerian score.

The workers are described as “creatures” whose behavior is motivated by madness and a desire to perpetuate the damage that they are witnessing.

A climactic scene involves the workers, shortly after succeeding in stopping the fires, re-igniting the flow of oil.

The narration asks, “Has life without fire become unbearable for them?”

The film won “Grand Prix” at the Melbourne International Film Festival. At the close of its screening at the Berlin Film Festival, the audience reacted furiously to the film, rising to castigate Herzog, with accusations that he had aestheticized the horror of the war.

The director waved his hands fiercely and protested “You’re all wrong! You’re all wrong!”, and later maintained Hieronymous Bosch and Goya had done likewise in their art.

The Los Angeles Times’ end of year review for 1992 recognized the film as “the year’s most memorable documentary”, describing it as “Herzog’s apocalyptic, ultimately ironic view of the Gulf War”.

Critic Janet Maslin remarked that the director “uses his gift for eloquent abstraction to create sobering, obscenely beautiful images of a natural world that have run amok”; her colleague J. Hoberman called it “the culmination of Mr. Herzog’s romantic doomsday worldview”.

Academic Rachel June Torbett hailed Lessons of Darkness as both “extraordinarily beautiful” and “deeply ambiguous”, interpreting the decontextualization of the geopolitical background as an avoidance which meant that the intent of the work lacked clarity.

The technique of re-contextualizing documentary footage was also used in Herzog’s later film The Wild Blue Yonder.

Lessons of Darkness
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Join the master adventurer and iconic director Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Rescue Dawn) in this extraordinary 3D blu-ray, as he ventures on a new epic journey.

Overcoming considerable challenges, Herzog captures the stunning majesty of the Chauvet Cave in southern France, where the world’s oldest cave paintings have been discovered.

Herzog reveals a breathtaking subterranean world including the 32,000-year-old artworks.

With his humorous and engaging narration, Herzog reflects on our primal desire to communicate and represent the world around us, evolution and our place within it, and ultimately what it means to be human.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams, a breathtaking new documentary from the incomparable Werner Herzog (Encounters at the End of the World, Grizzly Man), follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man.

One of the most successful documentaries of all time, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is an unforgettable cinematic experience that provides a unique glimpse of pristine artwork dating back to human hands over 30,000 years ago — almost twice as old as any previous discovery.

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
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  • Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Adrienne Ciuffo (Producer)
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The White Diamond

Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo) follows enigmatic airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington as he embarks on a trip in the heart of Guyana to test his new helium-filled invention above the rainforest.

Dubbed the “white diamond” on account of its unique teardrop shape, the expedition begins with some early mishaps but is soon airborne high above the treetops.

With every success though, Dorrington is haunted by a similar expedition twelve years ago that killed his friend as they were testing an airship much like the “white diamond.”

Herzog magnificently captures Dorrington’s struggles to atone for what he calls “a stupid, meaningless accident” while at the same time presenting stunning never-before-seen images of the true beauty of nature.

It’s a good bet there are no directors who float between feature and documentary filmmaking as smoothly as Werner Herzog. The White Diamond (2004) is a companion piece of sorts to his well-received Grizzly Man.

Both are about eccentric dreamers who travel to harsh landscapes following their dream with tragic consequences. In other words, perfect “Herzogian” fodder.

Two important differences: White Diamond is filmed in the standard way (not piecing together another’s videotape) and the tragedy occurred years before cameras rolled. Dr. Graham Dorrington is a man driven to fly.

The Cambridge scientist creates new types of airships to explore the canopy of tropical rain forests. Herzog and his crew follow Dorrington to Guyana to see if this new-age dirigible can bring us closer to this fragile and important ecosystem.

The film is less about what those discoveries might mean and more a portrait of a man. This is not Dorrington’s first attempt to go to the jungle.

A haunting accident a decade earlier in the forests of Borneo nags at him and Herzog prods Dorrington’s recollections.

The 90-minute film has some very rich side trips well worth taking: a legend of the gigantic Kaieteur Falls, the diamond mines of the area, and getting to know one of the hired porters.

Herzog injects his own thoughts and gets into the action (he’s on the initial flight, much to the chagrin of some of the team members) while delivering a satisfying, gorgeously shot film. –Doug Thomas

The White Diamond
  • Werner Herzog, Graham Dorrington, Dieter Plage (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Annette Scheurich (Writer) - Annette Scheurich (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Signs of Life

“Stroszek is an injured soldier sent to recuperate at a remote Greek island. There, he and his new Greek wife, Nora, serve as caretakers to an abandoned ammunition dump.

The newlyweds adjust to their new life on this enchanted desert isle and attend to their simple duties, but soon, the heat, the exotic locale, and the suspicious, eccentric natives push Stroszek towards insanity.

He finally snaps, tries to kill his wife, then plans to ignite the ammunition dump.

Ultimately, soldiers swarm the area, trying to capture the psychotic Stroszek before he blows up the whole island.

Signs of Life is the debut feature from Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Fitzcarraldo; Nosferatu), the director that both Milos Forman and François Truffaut have called “the greatest filmmaker alive today.”

Werner Herzog’s first feature-length film, Signs of Life is the work of a confident 24-year old filmmaker who knew exactly what he was doing.

Many of the stylistic and thematic concerns that would inform Herzog’s later films are fully evident here, from his mixture of documentary-like realism and strange, dream-like passages to the bold use of location as character.

Set on a remote Greek island during World War II, the slowly-paced story unfolds as an injured, recuperating soldier named Stroszek (Peter Brogle) and his new wife Nora (Athina Zacharopoulou) grow accustomed to their slow and quiet life of seclusion.

Herzog captures a palpable sense of boredom, but his film is anything but tedious for those who are seduced by its peculiar rhythms and exotic locale.

As Stroszek (a name later used as the title of one of Herzog’s best-known films) loses his grip on reality and threatens to detonate the munitions dump he’s been assigned to care for, Signs of Life attains an elusive, mystical quality that makes it linger in the memory long after you’ve seen it.

New Yorker Video’s DVD release is also blessed by a fascinating audio commentary by Herzog devotee Norman Hill and the director himself, whose vivid memories of making Signs of Life add further insight into the curious qualities of this odd yet unforgettable film. –Jeff Shannon

Signs of Life
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Peter Brogle, Wolfgang Reichmann, Athina Zacharopoulou (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Werner Herzog (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)


Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes. A German Army orderly descends into madness-and murder-after being worked to exhaustion by an officer and scorned by the prostitute he loves. Based on the play by Georg Buchner.

The films of Werner Herzog are often marked by physically punishing circumstances that test the endurance of the characters.

In Woyzeck, based on the classic German expressionist play by Georg Buchner, all the punishment is within. Klaus Kinski stars as Woyzeck, a disturbed soldier subjected to dubious scientific experiments and maltreatment from his superiors.

His only solace is his lover, Marie (Eva Mattes)–so when he begins to suspect her of infidelity, his jealousy swiftly turns murderous.

The movie is shot with unusual simplicity, often in long sustained shots that demand focused, disciplined performances.

Both of the main actors rose to the task; Mattes was awarded Best Supporting Actress at the Cannes Film Festival and Kinski creates a harrowing portrait of fragile desperation.

It’s a reminder that, though best known for his volcanic frenzies, Kinski could vividly portray all sides of the human condition. –Bret Fetzer

Woyzeck (English Subtitled)
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Lajos Kovacs, Diana Vacaru, Eva Igo (Actor)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Werner Herzog (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

Wheel of Time

Wheel of Time is acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog’s (Grizzly Man, Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo) gorgeously photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.

It is said that Buddha found enlightenment under a tree in Bodh Gaya and today, Buddhist monks are ordained in this holy place.

Herzog magically captures the lengthy pilgrimage (which for some, is over 3,000 miles), the monk’s creation of the beautiful and intricate sand mandala (the wheel of time) along many secret rituals that have never been seen before on film.

He delivers a personal and introspective look at what Buddhism really means to its most ardent followers, as well as giving outsiders an intimate look into a fascinating way of life.

As filmmaker and cultural anthropologist, Werner Herzog brings his unique powers of observation to Buddhist rituals in Wheel of Time.

The documentary’s title refers to the central symbol that forms the physical and spiritual hub of an intricately detailed sand mandala that is the centerpiece of the Kalachakra initiation, a Buddhist ceremony that attracts several hundred thousand monks and pilgrims to Bodh Gaya, India (the original site of the Buddha’s enlightenment) in 2002.

Through well-chosen images and his own sparse but effective narration, Herzog chronicles this spiritual conclave, incorporating brief interview clips with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, a lively debate between high-level monks at the gathering, an interview with a Tibetan political prisoner who’d spent 37 years in jail, and a visit to the sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet, where the faithful endure a high-altitude 52-kilometer trek to worship on holy ground.

Having recovered from illness that prevented his full participation in the Bodh Gaya ceremony, the Dalai Lama appears at another Buddhist ceremony in Graz, Austria, where another sand mandala symbolizes the deep significance of Buddhist inner peace.

Herzog’s fascination with these rituals is infectious, and with a powerful soundtrack of Tibetan music and Buddhist monks’ chanting, Wheel of Time achieves its own quiet quality of grace. –Jeff Shannon

Wheel Of Time
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • The Dalai Lama, Lama Lhundup Woeser, Takna jigme Sangpo (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Werner Herzog (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices

The last decade of the twentieth century alone spawned three operas based on the life of the principe dei musici: Alfred Schnittkes Gesualdo was premiered in 1995 at the Vienna State Opera; then the following year came Franz Hummel’s opera of the same name.

Werner Herzog directs this documentary about the life and work of Italian composer and Prince of Venosa Carlo Gesualdo. The film takes a look at Gesualdo’s musical career and his controversial personal life including his murder of his wife and her lover.

Il Complesso Barocco, Gesualdo Consort - Gesualdo
  • Gesualdo: Death For five Voices - Blu-ray Used Like New
  • Orchestra: Il Complesso Barocco, Gesualdo Consort Of London (Actors)
  • Peter Zeitlinger (Director)
  • French, Spanish (Subtitles)
  • English (Publication Language)

The Wild Blue Yonder

From legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu) comes an inspired vision: as humans search for a new planet to colonize, aliens attempt to settle on the nearly-uninhabitable Earth. Oscar-nominee Brad Dourif (Deadwood, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Seed of Chucky) delivers a remarkable performance as he tells the aliens’ story.

Herzog has combined original NASA footage with Henry Kieser’s incredible documentary images from beneath the Antarctic Ocean, as well as interviews with respected scientists, that culminate in his personal plea to save our planet.

The Wild Blue Yonder has fans, critics, and skeptics alike in a furor. This unique cinematic experience comes in a limited edition DVD release including hours of special features.

Winner: FRIPESCI Award, Bienalle Venice 2005

Of all the strange, uncategorizable movies that Werner Herzog has made, The Wild Blue Yonder is one of the strangest. Brad Dourif (Wise Blood, Deadwood) portrays an alien from the Andromeda galaxy who describes an attempt by Earth astronauts to explore the alien’s home planet for possible colonization–a journey depicted using preexisting footage of real astronauts during a space shuttle flight and divers under the Antarctic ice cap.

This is science fiction at its most conceptual, with far more in common with the more cerebral stories of Arthur C. Clarke or Isaac Asimov than the action-packed space opera of Star Wars, or even the chilly suspense of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

For many viewers, The Wild Blue Yonder will seem disjointed or dull, but for someone receptive to a less plot-driven experience, the combination of striking visual images (the footage from under the ice cap is stunningly eerie), intriguing speculative ideas, and unearthly music (from avant-garde cellist Ernst Reijsiger) creates a unique and memorable experience.

The DVD also includes cheerfully unpretentious interviews with Herzog (Grizzly Man, Aguirre: The Wrath of God) and Dourif. –Bret Fetzer

The Wild Blue Yonder
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Brad Dourif, Donald Williams, Ellen Baker (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Jill Coulon (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Rescue Dawn

Based on the true story of German-born Dieter Dengler, who dreamed of being a test pilot and thus made his way to America, where he joined the military in pursuit of his obsession to fly.

On his first mission in Vietnam, he is shot down and captured by Vietcong guerrillas.

In the tradition of The Great Escape and The Deer Hunter, Rescue Dawn is Werner Herzog’s take on the pulse-pounding POW genre.

Unlike most such efforts, however, his isn’t just based on a true story, it’s a remake of his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly.

German-born Dieter Dengler (Christian Bale, who first made his mark in Steven Spielberg’s prison camp drama Empire of the Sun) has longed to pilot a plane since he was a boy.

When he joins the Navy during the Vietnam War, he gets his wish. Then he’s shot down over Laos. Though he survives, Dengler is captured by the Pathet Lao.

Through his internment, he meets Duane Martin (Steve Zahn in his finest performance), with whom he becomes fast friends. While Dengler is arrogant and resourceful, Martin is patient and humble.

With Dengler’s assistance, the prisoners escape, but the untamed wilderness turns out to be just as dangerous (cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger ably captures its cruel beauty).

Those who’ve seen Little Dieter know how this tale ends. Suffice to say, Herzog’s reenactment makes for rousing entertainment.

If the film has a flaw, it’s that the rah-rah finale plays like something from out of a mainstream sports movie.

That quibble aside, the actors, including Jeremy Davies as a delusional campmate and Toby Huss as a fellow flyer, are aces.

And Herzog, who’s been concentrating on nonfiction, like Grizzly Man, proves he can direct a Hollywood-style action epic with the best of ’em. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

Rescue Dawn
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Christian Bale, Steve Zahn, Jeremy Davies (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Harley Peyton (Writer) - Elton Brand (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

With Happy People: A Year in the Taiga, Werner Herzog takes viewers on yet another unforgettable journey into remote and extreme natural landscapes.

The acclaimed filmmaker presents this visually stunning documentary about the life of indigenous people living in the heart of the Siberian Taiga.

Deep in the wilderness, far away from civilization, 300 people inhabit the small village of Bakhtia at the river Yenisei.

There are only two ways to reach this outpost: by helicopter or boat.

There’s no telephone, running water, or medical aid, The locals, whose daily routines have barely changed over the last centuries, live according to their own values and cultural traditions.

With insightful commentary written and narrated by Herzog, Happy People: A Year in the Taiga follows one of the Siberian trappers through all four seasons of the year to tell the story of a culture virtually untouched by modernity.

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Werner Herzog (Actor)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Nick N. Raslan (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World 

Oscar-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations.

Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.

Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Elon Musk, Dr. Robert Kahn, Kevin Mitnick (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Werner Herzog (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

In Werner Herzog’s new film Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans, Nicolas Cage plays a rogue detective who is as devoted to his job as he is to scoring drugs while playing fast and loose with the law.

He wields his badge as often as he wields his gun in order to get his way. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he becomes a high-functioning addict who is a deeply intuitive, fearless detective reigning over the beautiful ruins of New Orleans with authority and abandon.

Complicating his tumultuous life is the prostitute he loves (played by Eva Mendes) and together they descend into their own world marked by desire, compulsion, and conscience. The result is a singular masterpiece of filmmaking: equally sad and manically humorous.

Director Werner Herzog’s career is a catalog of extremes, and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans fits in nicely.

Shot in post-Katrina New Orleans (presumably, so that Herzog could take advantage of an atmosphere of decay and wreckage that no production design could match), Bad Lieutenant stars Nicolas Cage as Terence McDonagh, a cop who injures his back and becomes addicted to drugs.

But even before he became addicted he wasn’t a nice guy, and afterward he’s still capable of being honorable… or at least a smart cop.

As his drug use and gambling spiral out of control, he doggedly pursues a drug dealer suspected of murdering a family.

Anyone looking for a conventional thriller or police procedural will be baffled by Herzog’s unpredictable direction–the camera will suddenly linger on an alligator by the side of the road, for example–as well as Cage’s weird yet compelling performance, reminiscent of some of his early, off-putting acting in movies like Peggy Sue Got Married and Vampire’s Kiss.

He seems disconnected from the rest of the movie (arguably like his drug-ridden character is disconnected from reality), yet perfectly in sync with Herzog’s off-kilter visions of iguanas and break-dancing souls.

The tension that results between the realistic setting and Cage’s meta-performance will make some viewers recoil, but others will have a unique and possibly wrenching experience.

Featuring an astonishing supporting cast, including Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes, Brad Dourif, Fairuza Balk, Jennifer Coolidge, and a wealth of other recognizable faces. –Bret Fetzer

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans [Blu-ray]
  • Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Russell M. Haeuser (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - William M. Finkelstein (Writer) - Alan Polsky (Producer)
  • Spanish (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • Audience Rating: R (Restricted)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

The first collaboration between legendary filmmakers David Lynch and Werner Herzog, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done is loosely based on the mysterious true crime story of a young stage actor who, obsessed with a Greek tragedy he’s rehearsing, slays his own mother with a sword.

Academy Award-Nominees Michael Shannon, Chloë Sevigny, and Willem Dafoe headline this psychological thriller written and directed by Herzog, produced by Lynch, and featuring Grace Zabriskie, Udo Kier, and Brad Dourif.

The film takes place in Southern California, the story comes from an actual case, and the cast includes Willem Dafoe and Grace Zabriskie.

It sounds like a David Lynch picture, except it isn’t. Instead, Lynch produced, while Werner Herzog directed.

If Bad Lieutenant was Herzog’s swamp noir, My Son, My Son is his desert noir. In another Lynchian touch, two cops (Dafoe and Michael Peña) provide entry into the San Diego-set story.

Called to the scene of a murder, they meet actor Brad McCullum (Michael Shannon), who utters “Razzle dazzle” as they enter the flamingo-pink ranch house to find Mrs. McCullum (Zabriskie), dead by sword.

Before Brad’s fiancée, Ingrid (Chloë Sevigny), arrives, Herzog flashes back to Brad’s days in Peru, where he found his “inner voice.” The flashbacks continue to his participation in the famously matricidal Oresteia (Udo Kier plays the director).

Combined with Ernst Reijseger’s off-kilter score and Peter Zeitlinger’s sun-bleached cinematography, it all exerts a certain queasy fascination, but Herzog’s “whydunit” never really takes flight.

Unlike Nicolas Cage’s loopy lieutenant, Shannon invests Brad with a more recessive quality, which gives his madman greater credibility–at the expense of empathy.

And yet… there’s a scene with Shannon, Brad Dourif, and a tiny man in a tuxedo that offers the sort of what-the-heck magic that makes even the lesser films of Herzog and Lynch more interesting than most.

Fortunately, there are enough of those moments to make the movie worthwhile, though not quite the messed-up masterpiece it might’ve been. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
  • Factory sealed DVD
  • Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Herbert Golder (Writer) - Ali Rounaghi (Producer)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • English (Publication Language)

Into the Abyss

In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Grizzly Man) probes the human psyche to explore why people kill and why a state kills.

Through intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (scheduled to die within eight days of appearing on-screen), Herzog achieves what he describes as a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.

Herzog s inquiries also extend to the families of the victims and perpetrators as well as a state executioner and pastor who’ve been with death row prisoners as they’ve taken their final breaths.

As he’s so often done before, Herzog s investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.

Nine years after the murder of three people in Texas, director Werner Herzog takes us inside the minds and hearts of the convicted killers (one of whom was executed soon afterward). The victim’s families, the prison’s chaplain, and a former executioner help trace the legacy of this horrific crime.

Into the Abyss
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Werner Herzog, Richard Lopez, Michael Perry (Actors)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

Meeting Gorbachev

Werner Herzog and Andre Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three never-before-seen interviews, provides incredible access to arguably the world’s greatest living politician.

Now 88 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, the former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R., is still gently but resolutely pushing towards his goals.

Herzog celebrates Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons, cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany, and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc.

All of this in six years! Herzog and Singer explore pivotal moments in history through a series of exclusive one-on-one interviews with the man who ended the Cold War.

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is a Russian and formerly Soviet politician. The eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, he was General Secretary of its governing Communist Party from 1985 until 1991.

Meeting Gorbachev
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (Actor)
  • Werner Herzog (Director) - Werner Herzog (Writer) - Svetlana Palmer (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

The Best Werner Herzog Films – Wrapping Up

So there you have it. The top Werner Herzog films. As you can see, he’s been responsible for some classics of cinema history and it’s clear to see why he’s considered one of the all-time greats.

If you’re sitting down to watch one of these tonight, we envy you. You’re in for a real treat!

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