Monday, December 29, 2008

Werner Herzog - Into The Wild (2008 Best Of Part 1)

Werner & the beast
My first encounter with Werner Herzog films began with his Klaus Kinski flix(Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre & Fitzcaralldo) that attracts my attention due to the fact that kinski seems to be in his best place when working with Herzog.

Werner & the monster

The films that Herzog and Kinski made together are amongst the best in the world and I can't write about Herzog without mentioning Kinski passionate and captivating abilities as an actor, his magnetic presence in films were enough to attract the audience. Watch any film with Klaus and you can feel his power over the screen. He was a unique artist.

Herzog & Kinski hated each other and yet at the same time loved each other. No matter how hard they tried they couldn't stop gravitating towards one another. To understand their crazy relationship just watch this amazing documentary Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski (1999) made by Herzog himself as a tribute to his colleague and friend Kinski.

Now after this short introduction of Werner history I cannot open our 2008 best of discussion without sharing the great experience of watching Herzog best Documentary for 2008 "Encounters at the End of the World".

Werner Herzog’s epic “Antarctica film” ends up being less a documentary about Antarctica as it is about the humans who, for some reason or another, are living on the world’s most uninhabitable continent.

Endless Landscapes

Always the eccentric and aggressively curious filmmaker, Herzog and his cameras take us to unexpected, awe-inspiring places in and around McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Alienated World

It’s complicated, beautiful, confounding and funny, with a refreshing dearth of answers or arguments but an unbridled and joyous sense of cinematic wonder.
The images in Herzog films hover in the rarified area between unreal and absolutely true.

The South Wall
Herzog’s off-the-wall voiceovers, combined with some truly fascinating images and interviews, make this film one of the truly singular documentaries in the modern history of the form.

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