Werner Herzog Stipetić (born September 5, 1942 in Munich ) is a German director , producer , actor , voice actor and writer . He is one of the most important representatives of international auteur films and the New German Cinema . Time magazine named him one of the hundred most influential people in the world in 2009.
Werner Herzog grew up in the Bavarian village of Sachrang not far from the border with Austria . The family fled there before the bombing raids on Munich . At the age of twelve he moved to Munich with his mother Elisabeth Herzog (née Stipetić, 1912–1984) , who came from a Croatian officer family. At the age of 14, Herzog converted to Catholicism . His father was Dietrich Herzog (1910–1989). His paternal grandfather was the philologist Rudolf Herzog , who gained fame through the excavation of the Asklepieion on the island of Kos . Werner Herzog has an older brother Tilbert Herzog and a younger half-brother Lucki Stipetić, who works with him as a producer to this day, as well as a younger sister Sigrid Herzog , who is a director. In his childhood he did not know any cinema until he saw his first film in the village school at the age of eleven.
For a short time he lived with his family in the Elisabethstrasse in Munich with Klaus Kinski , who already attracted attention with eccentric airs at that time . While he was in high school, Herzog worked night shifts as a spot welder in a steel factory. He graduated from the Maximiliansgymnasium in Munich and, in addition to his first film productions, studied history , literature and theater studies at the University of Munich . Werner Vordtriede was one of his teachers. A scholarship , which he broke off after a week, brought him to Pittsburgh in the United States .
In 1962, at the age of 19, Herzog published his first film, the twelve-minute short film Heracles . In 1963 he founded his own production company "Werner Herzog Filmproduktion" in Munich. Herzog made his first full-length feature film Lebenszeichen at the age of 24. For this film he received financial support from the Young German Film Board of Trustees . For this he was awarded a German Film Prize in the “Best First Film” category. The film was released in 1968.
At the end of 1974 he walked from Munich to Paris in 22 days to visit the sick film critic Lotte Eisner and thus - in his view - save her; about it he wrote the book On Walking in Ice ; he also spoke the corresponding audio book.
From Herzog's first marriage comes the son Rudolph Herzog, who also works as a director, screenwriter and producer. A daughter comes from a relationship with actress Eva Mattes . Herzog entered into a second marriage in 1987, and a son was born in 1989. In his third marriage, he has been married to the photographer Lena Herzog since 1999.
Werner Herzog shot many of his films in English. He starred in five of his most famous films with Klaus Kinski . He made the documentary My Dearest Enemy in 1999 about the often difficult relationship between the two .
In addition to his feature films, Werner Herzog's work also includes numerous documentary works. After Cobra Verde , he made only a few feature films, but numerous documentaries for television and cinema. In earlier years he also made documentaries on a regular basis. In perhaps the most remarkable of these, Gasherbrum - The shining mountain over a double 8000m ascent by Reinhold Messner and Hans Kammerlander , Herzog's understanding of the documentary is expressed: He refuses direct cinema and the assessment that cameras can reproduce authenticity . Rather, the documentary works are always about your own perspective on the object, i.e. Herzog himself. This goes so far that he puts words and sayings in the mouths of some documented people and also strongly aesthetizes the work.
The short film Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe documents Herzog's redemption of a bet. Herzog thus encouraged Errol Morris to actually finish his first film Gates of Heaven . Herzog boiled his shoes and ate one of them down to the sole. Directed by Les Blank , who later became a much-praised documentary about the arduous filming of Fitzcarraldo turned (Burden of Dreams) .
In the mid-1980s he turned to opera and made his debut in 1985 with the production of Ferruccio Busoni's Doctor Faust at the Teatro Comunale in Bologna . He became known for his performances of Wagner , especially Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Festival in 1987, and Beethoven's Fidelio at La Scala in Milan .
In 2009, Herzog's films Bad Lieutenant - Cop Without a Conscience and A Caring Son were invited to compete at the 66th Venice Film Festival . This makes Herzog the second filmmaker to compete for the Golden Lion with two works .
On September 18, 2012, Herzog directed a concert by the American rock band The Killers in New York. The concert was broadcast live on the internet.
While working on his film Aguirre, the Wrath of God , Herzog tried to get seats for himself and his filming team on the later crashed LANSA flight 508 at Lima Airport on December 24, 1971 , but in vain: after all of them the day before Flights on this route were canceled due to the weather (he and his team were originally booked for the 23rd as well), the flight on the 24th was booked out, so he avoided the disaster. Decades later, after personal conversations with Juliane Koepcke , the only survivor of this flight, he shot his documentary Juliane's fall in the jungle , published in 2000, about this accident and Koepcke's rescue.
The Dutch author and biologist Maarten 't Hart accused Werner Herzog of cruelty to animals in 2010. Herzog had consulted 't Hart for the film Nosferatu , but against his advice had a mass scene with rats carried out. The animals were colored black at Herzog's request, in connection with this they were dipped in boiling water. According to 't Hart, 50% of the rats were killed.
Films by Werner Herzog
- 1962: Herakles (short film, 12 minutes)
- 1964: Playing in the sand
- 1967: The unprecedented defense of the Deutschkreutz Fortress (short film)
- 1967: signs of life
- 1968: last words
- 1969: The Flying Doctors of East Africa (short film, 45 minutes)
- 1969: Measures against fanatics
- 1970: Dwarves also started small
- 1971: Disabled future
- 1971: Land of Silence and Darkness
- 1971: Fata Morgana
- 1972: Aguirre, the wrath of God
- 1974: The great ecstasy of the carver Steiner (short film, 45 minutes)
- 1974: Everyone for himself and God against everyone
- 1976: Stroszek
- 1976: Heart made of glass
- 1976: How much wood would a wood-chuck chuck ... (short film, 44 minutes)
- 1976: Nobody wants to play with me
- 1977: La Soufrière - Waiting for an inevitable catastrophe (short film, 30 minutes)
- 1979: Nosferatu - Phantom of the Night
- 1979: Woyzeck
- 1980: Huie's sermon
- 1981: Faith and Currency (God's Angry Man)
- 1982: Fitzcarraldo
- 1984: Ballad of the Little Soldier
- 1984: where the green ants dream
- 1985: Gasherbrum - The shining mountain
- 1987: Cobra Verde
- 1988: Les Gaulois
- 1990: Echoes from a dark realm
- 1990: Wodaabe - Shepherds of the Sun
- 1991: The eccentric private theater of the Maharajah of Udaipur
- 1991: Cerro Torre: Scream of Stone
- 1992: Lessons in Darkness
- 1993: Bells from the Deep
- 1994: The transformation of the world into music
- 1995: Gesualdo - death for five votes
- 1997: Escape from Laos (Little Dieter Needs to Fly)
- 1999: 2000 years of Christianity (TV series, episode: New Worlds)
- 1999: my dearest enemy
- 2000: Julian's fall into the jungle (Wings of Hope)
- 2001: Invincible (Invincible)
- 2001: Pilgrimage (short film, 18 minutes)
- 2002: Ten Thousand Years Older (short film)
- 2003: Wheel of Time
- 2004: The White Diamond
- 2005: Grizzly Man
- 2005: The Wild Blue Yonder
- 2006: Rescue Dawn
- 2007: Encounters at the end of the world
- 2009: Bad Lieutenant - Cop with no conscience
- 2009: A Caring Son (My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done)
- 2010: The Cave of Forgotten Dreams (3-D, Cave of Forgotten Dreams )
- 2011: Happy People: A year in the taiga
- 2011: Death in Texas (Into the Abyss)
- 2012: On Death Row (TV series)
- 2013: From One Second to the Next
- 2015: Queen of the Desert (Queen of the Desert)
- 2016: What is the Internet dreaming of?
- 2016: Salt and Fire
- 2016: In the depths of the inferno
- 2018: Meeting Gorbachev
- 2019: Family Romance, LLC
Films about Werner Herzog
- 1978: Christian Weisenborn and Erwin Keusch - What I am are my films
- 1980: Les Blank - Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
- 1982: Les Blank - Burden of Dreams
- 1987: Steff Gruber - Location Africa
- 1988: Peter Buchka - To the end ... and then even further. The ecstatic world of the filmmaker Werner Herzog
Films with Werner Herzog
- 1971: Stories from the Bucket Child
- 1983: The Man who Loved Flowers (Man of Flowers)
- 1989: luck bought
- 1989: It's not easy to be a god
- 1995: Burning Heart - Gustav Regulator
- 1998: Beyond the Horizon
- 1999: Julien Donkey-Boy
- 2003: Incident at Loch Ness
- 2007: Mister Lonely
- 2007: The Grand
- 2012: Jack Reacher
- 2013: The other home
- 2014: The penguins from Madagascar (voice)
- 2015: Freaks of Nature
- 2016: Salt and Fire
- 2018: Manaslu - Mountain of Souls
Series with guest appearance by Werner Herzog
- 2010: The Boondocks - It's a Black President, Huey Freeman, Season 3, Episode 1
- 2011: The Simpsons - voice of Walter Hotenhoffer or Augustus Gloop, season 22, episode 15
- 2012: Metalocalypse - voice of Ishnifus Meaddle, season 4
- 2012: American Dad - Ricky Spanish, Season 8, Episode 17
- 2015: Parks and Recreation - Keg Jeggings, Season 7, Episode 1
- 2015: Rick and Morty - guest speaking role, season 2, episode 8
- 2019: The Mandalorian , Season 1, Episodes 1, 3, 7
Adolf Grimme Prize
- 1976: Honorable recognition (for The Great Ecstasy of the Carver Steiner - Planica Ski Jump )
- 1993: Adolf Grimme Prize with silver (for lessons in darkness )
- 2009: Nominated in the documentary category for Encounters at the End of the World
- 2020: Board of Governors Award
- 1968: Silver Bear and in the competition for the Golden Bear (for Signs of Life - Berlin International Film Festival 1968 )
- 1979: In the competition for the Golden Bear (for Nosferatu - Berlin International Film Festival 1979 )
- 1983: Nominated for the BAFTA Award in the category Best Foreign Language Film (for Fitzcarraldo )
BBC Four World Cinema Awards
- 2009: World Cinema Achievement Award
- 1988: Producer Award (for Cobra Verde )
- 2017: Honorary Award
- 2018: Ehrenbiber
- 2010: Honored with a star on the Boulevard der Stars in Berlin
- Cannes 1975 : FIPRESCI Prize , Grand Prix of the Jury, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and in the competition for the Golden Palm (for everyone for himself and God against all )
- Cannes 1979 : In the competition for the Palme d'Or (for Woyzeck )
- Cannes 1982 : Award for the best director and in the competition for the Palme d'Or (for Fitzcarraldo )
- Cannes 1984 : In the competition for the Golden Palm (for Where the green ants dream )
- 2017: Carosse d'Or for his life's work.
- 1976: Nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category (for Aguirre, the Wrath of God )
- 2006: Directors Guild of America Award (for Grizzly Man )
- 1999: Nominated for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Non-Fiction Special category (for Little Dieter Needs To Fly )
- 1999: Nominated in the category Best Documentary (for My Dearest Enemy - Klaus Kinski )
- 2019 : Lifetime achievement award
- 1997: Special Jury Prize (for Little Dieter Needs To Fly )
Festival International de Programs Audiovisuels, Biarritz
- 1999: Silver FIPA Prize (for Little Dieter Needs To Fly )
- 2002: Dragon of Dragons Honorary Award
- 1968: silver film tape (for signs of life )
- 1975: Film tape in silver (for everyone for himself and God against everyone )
- 1978: Silver film tape (for La Soufrière - Waiting for an inevitable catastrophe )
- 1984: Film tape in gold (for Where the green ants dream )
- 2013: Honorary award for outstanding services to German film
- 2005: Nominated in the category Best Documentary (for Grizzly Man )
- 1980: Gilde Film Prize in silver in the German Film category (for Woyzeck )
- 1983: Gilde Film Prize in Gold in the German Film category (for Fitzcarraldo )
- 1993: Film Prize of the City of Hof
- 2006: Nominated in the category Best Documentary (for Grizzly Man )
International Documentary Association
- 1998: IDA Award in the Feature Documentaries category (for Little Dieter Needs To Fly )
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards
- 2000: Nominated for the Sierra Award in the category Best Documentary (for Little Dieter Needs To Fly )
- 2013: Honorary leopard for his life's work
- 2011: Best Documentary (for The Den of Forgotten Dreams 3D )
- 1971: Interfilm Prize (for Land of Silence and Darkness )
Melbourne International Film Festival
- 1993: Grand Prix (for lessons in darkness )
- 2012: Best Documentary (for The Den of Forgotten Dreams 3D )
- 2011: Best Documentary (for The Den of Forgotten Dreams 3D )
San Francisco International Film Festival
- 1999: Golden Spire (for Little Dieter Needs To Fly )
- 1982: OCIC Prize (for Fitzcarraldo )
- 2005: Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and nomination for the Grand Jury Prize (for Grizzly Man )
São Paulo International Film Festival
- 1999: Audience Award (for My Dearest Enemy - Klaus Kinski )
- 1976: Critic Award (for Aguirre, the Wrath of God )
- 1991: In the competition for the Golden Lion (for Cerro Torre: Scream made of stone )
- 2005: FIPRESCI Award (for The Wild Blue Yonder )
- 2012: Cross of Merit 1st class
- Werner Herzog and Beat Presser : Werner Herzog . Jovis Verlag, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-936314-31-4 .
- From walking in the ice . Fischer Taschenbuchverlag , Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-596-18347-0 .
- Conquering the useless . Fischer Taschenbuchverlag, Frankfurt am Main 2009, ISBN 978-3-596-18348-7 .
- Bernd Kiefer: [Article] Werner Herzog . In: Thomas Koebner (Ed.): Film directors. Biographies, descriptions of works, filmographies. 3rd, updated and expanded edition. Reclam, Stuttgart 2008 [1. Ed. 1999], ISBN 978-3-15-010662-4 , pp. 316-321 [with references].
- Moritz Holfelder: Werner Herzog. The biography. “Every film is a ticket to the world.” Langen-Müller, Munich 2012, ISBN 978-3-7844-3303-5 [with 50 black and white photographs].
- Emmanuel Carrère: Werner Herzog . Ediling, Paris 1982, ISBN 2-85601-017-2 .
- Andreas Rost (ed.): Werner Herzog in Bamberg. Minutes of a discussion - 14./15. December 1985 (Bamberg Studies on Art History and Preservation of Monuments, Volume 6). Filmland Presse, Munich 1986, ISBN 3-925009-05-1 .
- Paul Cronin (Ed.): Herzog on Herzog . Faber & Faber, London 2002.
- Chris Wahl (Ed.): Lessons in Herzog. News about Germany's lost film author Werner Herzog and his work . edition text + kritik, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-86916-118-1 .
- Eric Ames: Ferocious Reality. Documentary according to Werner Herzog . University of Minnesota Press, Minnesota [et al.] 2012.
- Brad Prager (Ed.): A Companion to Werner Herzog . Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester [et al.] 2012, ISBN 978-1-405-19440-2 .
- Kristina Jaspers, Rüdiger Zill (ed.): Werner Herzog - At the borders . Bertz + Fischer, Berlin 2015, ISBN 978-3-86505-235-3 .
- KJ Donnelly: Angel of the air: Popol Vuh’s music and Werner Herzog films. In: Miguel Mera, David Burnand (Eds.): European Film Music , Ashgate Publishing , Farnham 2006, ISBN 978-0-7546-3658-8 . (English)
- Official website of Werner Herzog
- Werner Herzog Foundation , c / o Filmmuseum Munich
- Werner Herzog in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Literature by and about Werner Herzog in the catalog of the German National Library
- What I am are my films - On the relationship between authenticity and authorship in Werner Herzog's films. Essay by Stefan Höltgen on F.LM - texts on the film
- "The cinema soldier in the holy land" - encounter with Werner Herzog von Verena Lueken in the FAZ , June 10, 2012
- The cross-border commuter . The film director Werner Herzog turns 70 by Michael Wenk, Neue Zürcher Zeitung on September 5, 2012
- Simon Hauck: Werner Herzog. A conversation with the busy filmmaker, www.filmdienst.de (accessed on December 1, 2018)
- Werner Herzog in the German dubbing file
- Scientific literature (Open Access) on Werner Herzog on mediarep.org .
- The 2009 TIME 100. In: Time Magazine . Retrieved October 12, 2014.
- Paul Laster: Werner Herzog Comes Out of the Cave. In: The New York Observer . July 25, 2011, accessed August 15, 2013 .
- commentary by director Werner Herzog, included in the bonus material (extras) on the DVD Nosferatu - Phantom of the Night , 2016, Arthaus - Special Films , Leipzig, + Studiocanal GmbH , Berlin
- Konrad Heidkamp : Knowledge comes from the soles. In: Die Zeit , November 22, 2007.
- Walking in the ice . ( audible.de [accessed on May 26, 2019]).
- Werner Herzog becomes jury president of the 60th Berlinale. In: Berlin International Film Festival, November 19, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
- Federal Cross offor Werner Herzog. In: Focus : May 4, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
- Persistent clashes with reality. Retrieved June 10, 2020 .
- Anthology Film Archives: Film Screenings. Retrieved June 10, 2020 .
- cf. Venezia: E 'the Duke anche il film sorpresa . ANSA , September 4, 2009 7:13 PM CET, Venice
- Werner Herzog directs The Killers concert. In: Welt.de. Retrieved September 26, 2018 .
- Koepcke, Juliane: When I fell from heaven: How the jungle gave me back my life. Piper, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-492-27493-7 , p. 83.
- Maarten 't Hart in the TV program “Zomergasten” (VPRO, NL), August 1, 2010.
- Werner Herzog becomes a star warrior . In: spiegel.de . Retrieved September 9, 2019.
- Manaslu - Mountain of Souls. Retrieved January 6, 2020 .
- Werner Herzog receives honorary award in Hollywood. January 10, 2020, accessed January 10, 2020 .
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|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Herzog Stipetić, Werner (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German director, producer, actor, voice actor and writer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 5, 1942|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Munich|