Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass [NOOK Book]

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"You know from seeing it that Herzog was up to something strange in filming Heart of Glass. Now the mystery is clarified. Alan Greenberg peers into the heart of darkness of the great artist." —Roger Ebert “Mesmerizing . . . as poetic and mysterious as the film itself.”—Jim Jarmusch This intimate chronicle of the visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog directing a masterwork is interwoven with Herzog’s original screenplay to create a unique vision of its own.   Alan Greenberg was, according to the director, the first “outsider” to seek him out ...
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Overview

"You know from seeing it that Herzog was up to something strange in filming Heart of Glass. Now the mystery is clarified. Alan Greenberg peers into the heart of darkness of the great artist." —Roger Ebert “Mesmerizing . . . as poetic and mysterious as the film itself.”—Jim Jarmusch This intimate chronicle of the visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog directing a masterwork is interwoven with Herzog’s original screenplay to create a unique vision of its own.   Alan Greenberg was, according to the director, the first “outsider” to seek him out and recognize his greatness. At the end of their first evening together Herzog urged Greenberg to work with him on his new film--and everything thereafter. In this film, Heart of Glass, Herzog exercised control over his actors by hypnotizing them before shooting their scenes. The result was one of the most haunting movies ever made.   Not since Lillian Ross's classic 1950 book Picture has an American writer given such a close, first-hand, book-length account of how a director makes a movie. But this is not a conventional, journalistic account. Instead it presents a unique vision with the feel of a novel--intimate, penetrating, and filled with mystery.   Alan Greenberg is a writer, film director, film producer, and photographer. He is also the author of Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson. Werner Herzog is considered one of the world's greatest filmmakers. His books include Conquest of the Useless and Of Walking in Ice.    
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“Alan Greenberg’s great and poetic writing here captures the thick, dark dream mood of Werner Herzog’s Heart of Glass. He magically depicts Werner’s deep obsessions, total commitment, and creativity. He shows the way Werner goes about his work using both his mind and hands. This way is rare and spectacular. Alan Greenberg proves beautifully in this book that there will never again be a filmmaker even remotely like Werner Herzog.” —David Lynch, director

"You know from seeing it that Herzog was up to something strange in filming Heart of Glass. Now the mystery is clarified. Alan Greenberg peers into the heart of darkness of the great artist."  —Roger Ebert

"Alan Greenberg's book, which plunges you far into the unstable depths of the creative process, is delirious, madcap, beautifully observed and rendered, and genuinely exhilarating."  —Luc Sante, author of Kill All Your Darlings: Pieces 1990–2005

"Alan Greenberg's mesmerizing account of the creation and realization of Werner Herzog's Heart of Glass (during the filming of which the actors were under hypnosis) is truly unusual—and as poetic and mysterious as the film itself."  —Jim Jarmusch, director

"Alan Greenberg was there when Werner Herzog shot the legendary film Heart of Glass, and it is this acute witness that informs one of the best books about the art of cinema ever published."  —Stephen Davis, author of Hammer of the Gods and Jim Morrison

 "Herzog's philosophy of filmmaking as a combination of physical ordeal, trust in the mystical and instinctive, and financial and emotional risk... makes for some great movies - and in the case of Every Night the Trees Disappear, for great writing about movies." —American Cinematographer

"Remarkable."  —Austin Chronicle

"It is one of those rare books that you honestly can't put down . . . I recommend this book highly to all fans of Werner Herzog."  —Media Mikes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613743522
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,208,053
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Greenberg is a writer, film director, film producer, and photographer. His film Land of Look Behind won the Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, and he has collaborated with Werner Herzog for more than 35 years, helping him write the screenplay of Fitzcarraldo, among others. He is also the author of Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Werner Herzog is considered one of the world's greatest filmmakers. His films include Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans; Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Encounters at the End of the World; The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser; Fitzcarraldo; Grizzly Man; The Wild Blue Yonder; and Woyzeck. His books include Conquest of the Useless and Of Walking in Ice. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Werner Herzog ix

A Distant Wind 3

Gangster Priests 6

Death Lesson 10

The Sign at Thusis 19

The Scenario: A Summary 23

Blues 25

The Scenario 29

The Gloom of Gloom 33

The Scenario 44

Outside Czechoslovakia 50

Pallbearers 55

The Scenario 57

The Castle Flies 58

Under the Ice 62

The Scenario 68

The Interrupted Death of Friedrich 76

The Scenario 79

The Fool on the Roof 83

The Soundman Haymo 89

The Scenario 90

The Diminishing Snake 103

Order and Disorder 106

The Weasel of Feilgau 109

Wa'hid 115

Ludmilla 119

The Scenario 122

Sachrang 143

The Story of Absalom 150

The Scenario 152

The Bluff 164

The Death of a Dog 169

The Scenario 174

Afterthought: Visions of Great Skellig 179

Zorn's Lemma 180

Great Skellig 188

Nothing to Declare 196

Afterword Werner Herzog 199

Acknowledgments 205

About the Author 207

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    The best book on the making of a film ever written. --Rolling St

    The best book on the making of a film ever written. --Rolling Stone

    "Great and poetic writing." --David Lynch

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