NOMAD: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF BRUCE CHATWIN
2020, Music Box Films, 85 min, UK, Dir: Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog turns the camera on himself and his decades-long friendship with the late travel writer Bruce Chatwin, a kindred spirit whose quest for ecstatic truth carried him to all corners of the globe. Herzog’s deeply personal portrait of Chatwin, illustrated with archival discoveries, film clips and a mound of “brontosaurus skin,” encompasses their shared interest in aboriginal cultures, ancient rituals and the mysteries stitching together life on earth.


NOSFERATU, THE VAMPYRE
1979, 107 min, Dir: Werner Herzog

An homage to Murnau’s 1922 classic, Herzog’s NOSFERATU achieves its own hypnotic power by evoking a romantic past of waterfalls and mist-filled valleys, and through the eerie sensuality of Klaus Kinski’s performance. Like Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo, Kinski’s Nosferatu is driven by the need for an unknowable spiritual ecstasy - in this case, Isabelle Adjani’s ethereal Lucy. With Bruno Ganz.


ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD
2007, Discovery Films, 99 min, USA, Dir: Werner Herzog

Director Werner Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger traveled to Antarctica’s McMurdo Research Station to profile not just the region’s icy vistas and endangered species but also the scientists and support personnel whose work has brought them to the end of the world. Herzog dedicated this Oscar-nominated documentary to critic Roger Ebert, who rightly called the film “a poem of oddness and beauty.”


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