ISBN-10:
1405194405
ISBN-13:
9781405194402
Pub. Date:
05/22/2012
Publisher:
Wiley
A Companion to Werner Herzog / Edition 1

A Companion to Werner Herzog / Edition 1

by Brad Prager

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Overview

A Companion to Werner Herzog / Edition 1

A Companion to Werner Herzog showcases over two dozenoriginal scholarly essays examining nearly five decades offilmmaking by one of the most acclaimed and innovative figures inworld cinema.

  • First collection in twenty years dedicated to examiningHerzog’s expansive career
  • Features essays by international scholars and Herzogspecialists
  • Addresses a broad spectrum of the director’s films, fromhis earliest works such as Signs of Life and FataMorgana to such recent films as The Bad Lieutenant andEncounters at the End of the World
  • Offers creative, innovative approaches guided by film history,art history, and philosophy
  • Includes a comprehensive filmography that also features a listof the director’s acting appearances and operaproductions
  • Explores the director’s engagement with music and thearts, his self-stylization as a global filmmaker, his Bavarianorigins, and even his love-hate relationship with the actor KlausKinski

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405194402
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/22/2012
Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors Series , #10
Pages: 644
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Brad Prager is Associate Professor of German and an active member of the Program in Film Studies at the University of Missouri. He has authored two monographs: Aesthetic Vision and German Romanticism: Writing Images (2007) and The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth (2007). His articles have appeared in New German Critique, Studies in Documentary Film, Art History, and in the Modern Language Review. Most recently he has co-edited the collections The Collapse of the Conventional: German Film and its Politics at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century (2010) and Visualizing the Holocaust: Documents, Aesthetics, Memory (2008).

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xiv

Werner Herzog’s Companions: The Consolation of Images1
Brad Prager

Part I Critical Approaches and Contexts 33

1 Herzog and Auteurism: Performing Authenticity 35
Brigitte Peucker

2 Physicality, Difference, and the Challenge of Representation:Werner Herzog in the Light of the New Waves 58
Lúcia Nagib

3 The Pedestrian Ecstasies of Werner Herzog: On Experience,Intelligence, and the Essayistic 80
Timothy Corrigan

Part II Herzog and the Inter-arts 99

4 Werner Herzog’s View of Delft: Or, Nosferatu andthe Still Life 101
Kenneth S. Calhoon

5 Moving Stills: Herzog and Photography 127
Stefanie Harris

6 Archetypes of Emotion: Werner Herzog and Opera 149
Lutz Koepnick

7 Coming to Our Senses: The Viewer and Herzog’s SonicWorlds 168
Roger Hillman

8 Death for Five Voices : Gesualdo’s “PoeticTruth” 187
Holly Rogers

9 Demythologization and Convergence: Herzog’s Late GenrePictures and the Rogue Cop Film in Bad Lieutenant: Port ofCall—New Orleans 208
Jaimey Fisher

Part III Herzog’s German Encounters 231

10 “I don’t like the Germans”: Even HerzogStarted in Bavaria 233
Chris Wahl

11 Herzog’s Heart of Glass and the Sublime of RawMaterials 256
Noah Heringman

12 The Ironic Ecstasy of Werner Herzog: Embodied Vision inThe Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 281
Roger F. Cook

13 Tantrum Love: The Fiendship of Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog301
Lance Duerfahrd

Part IV Herzog’s Far-Flung Cinema Africa, Australia,the Americas, and Beyond 327

14 Werner Herzog’s African Sublime 329
Erica Carter

15 Didgeridoo, or the Search for the Origin of the Self: WernerHerzog’s Where the Green Ants Dream and BruceChatwin’s The Songlines 356
Manuel Köppen

16 A March into Nothingness: The Changing Course ofHerzog’s Indian Images 371
Will Lehman

17 The Case of Herzog: Re-Opened 393
Eric Ames

18 The Veil Between: Werner Herzog’s American TVDocumentaries 416
John E. Davidson

19 Herzog’s Chickenshit 445
Rembert Hüser

20 Encountering Werner Herzog at the End of the World 466
Reinhild Steingröver

Part V Toward the Limits of Experience PhilosophicalApproaches 485

21 Perceiving the Other in the Land of Silence andDarkness 487
Randall Halle

22 Werner Herzog’s Romantic Spaces 510
Laurie Johnson

23 The Melancholy Observer: Landscape, Neo-Romanticism, and thePolitics of Documentary Filmmaking 528
Matthew Gandy

24 Portrait of the Chimpanzee as a Metaphysician: Parody andDehumanization in Echoes from a Somber Empire 547
Guido Vitiello

25 Herzog and Human Destiny: The Philosophical Purposiveness ofthe Filmmaker 566
Alan Singer

Filmography 587
Compiled by Chris Wahl

Index 611

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Brad Prager has collected together a world class and diversegroup of scholars to map out with great lucidity the complexinterconnectivity of Herzog’s equally diverseoeuvre.”
- Paul Cooke, University of Leeds

“Werner Herzog towers as one of world cinema’s mostengaging, energetic, and enigmatic directors. A Companion toWerner Herzog charts the career of an extraordinary artistwhose only predictable feature remains hisunpredictability.”
- Gerd Gemünden, Dartmouth College

“Contrary to his self-presentation, Werner Herzog is afilmmaker profoundly influenced by the history of film, art, andliterature and an integral part of the spatial imaginaries andaesthetic sensibilities of the postwar period. It is the mainachievement of this anthology expertly put together by Brad Pragerto highlight these connections with rich and insightful articles onHerzog and painting, photography, opera, geography, documentary,and the essay film. And at last, we understand the strange powerexerted by the chicken in Stroszek…”
- Sabine Hake, The University of Texas at Austin

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“Brad Prager has collected together a world class and diverse group of scholars to map out with great lucidity the complex interconnectivity of Herzog’s equally diverse oeuvre.”
- Paul Cooke, University of Leeds

“Werner Herzog towers as one of world cinema’s most engaging, energetic, and enigmatic directors. A Companion to Werner Herzog charts the career of an extraordinary artist whose only predictable feature remains his unpredictability.”
- Gerd Gemünden, Dartmouth College

“Contrary to his self-presentation, Werner Herzog is a filmmaker profoundly influenced by the history of film, art, and literature and an integral part of the spatial imaginaries and aesthetic sensibilities of the postwar period. It is the main achievement of this anthology expertly put together by Brad Prager to highlight these connections with rich and insightful articles on Herzog and painting, photography, opera, geography, documentary, and the essay film. And at last, we understand the strange power exerted by the chicken in Stroszek…”
- Sabine Hake, The University of Texas at Austin

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