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Heart of Glass

Herz aus Glas

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1976
  • German
  • English, French
Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions


In a period of transition from an ancient to a modern era, the prophet Hias, who sees future images of the forthcoming end of the world, foretells the people of a forest town in Bavaria of a fire in the glass blowing factory, source of prosperity for the whole town.

Our take

Of all the (many) crazy ways Werner Herzog has made his films, this must be one of the strangest: for this story of madness and prophecy, made at his peak, he had almost all the cast act while under hypnosis. The result: bizarre, appropriately trance-like cinema that could be no one’s but his.

Heart of Glass Directed by Werner Herzog

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