Encounters at the End of the World documents Werner Herzog’s journey to Antarctica, where he observes the animal life native to the bottom of the world – above and below the thick ice that’s now thinning – and examines the similarly bizarre human life that gravitates there. Like so many of Herzog’s films, it reaches a familiar perspective, a place where he can view the quirks of nature and meditate on the prospect that much of what he sees and captures could vanish relatively soon. —Viennale
One of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema and one of the most extreme personalities in film, Werner Herzog quickly gained recognition not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in the Film history, but for pushing himself and his crew to absurd and unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. Born Werner Stipetic in Munich on September 5, 1942, Herzog came of age in Sachrang, Bavaria, amid extreme poverty and destitution. After Herzog turned seventeen, a German film producer optioned one of his screenplays, then promptly destroyed the contract when he discovered the author’s age. Circa 1962, 20-year-old Herzog enrolled in the University of Munich as a history and literature student, and produced his first motion picture, the twelve minute Herakles, his second short Game in the Sand, and his third, the pacifist tract The Unprecedented Defense of Fortress Deutschkreuz.In 1963, he established his own production… read more
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Werner Herzog’s “Encounters at the End of the World” is one of the oddest, most beautiful films I’ve ever seen. Like “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Thin Red Line,” the film takes on the lyrical quality… read review