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Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Eric Ames

Abstract

Over the course of his career Werner Herzog, known for such visionary masterpieces as Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), has directed almost sixty films, roughly half of which are documentaries. And yet, in a statement delivered during a public appearance in 1999, the filmmaker declared: “There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.” This book asks how this conviction, so hostile to the traditional t ... More

Keywords: Werner Herzog, documentary, filmmaker, Lessons of Darkness, Grizzly man, documentary films

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677634
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Ames, author
Associate Professor of German, University of Washington