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    Werner Herzog in the Berlinale

    By Dorothea Holloway | January 15, 2015

    Queen of the Desert by Werner Herzog is in Competition in the Berlinale, also Andreas Dresen’s Als wir träumten and Victoria by Sebastian Schippers. So: three German films try to win a “Bär in Berlin”.

    Ron loved the films by Werner Herzog. In 1983 Ron Holloway wrote in KINO – German Film No: 12:

    Werner Herzog is one of those directors who appears to have been born only to make films; at least, he himself cannot imagine an existence without the possibility of devoting a lifetime in pursuit of the seventh art. He never attended a film school, although his world travels convinced him that filmmaking had to be something physical and mystically mysterious. He claims that he can see, perhaps intuitively, visions on the horizon that other filmmakers normally fail to even glimpse. And these images are the magic of his films: the hallucination of whirling windmills on the Greek island of Kos in Lebenszeichen (Signs of life) (1967), for instance. Herzog, in an interview, also claimed that “you can even direct a landscape.” Nowhere is this more evident than in his Fata Morgana (1970). […] Fata Morgana marks a definite highwater acccomplishment in the annals of New German Cinema.

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