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Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) (1976)

Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) (1976)

Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas)




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Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) is essentially a treatise by Werner Herzog on the power and importance of art. Director Herzog was known to put his actors through the wringer to get the results he wanted. In this film, Herzog decided that the best way to get his people to dance to the crack of his whip was to actually put them under hypnosis! The dazed, zombie-like performances certainly fit the subject matter. This is the story of an 18th-century Bavarian glassblower who by virtue of his delicate work virtually casts a spell over his neighbors. When the glassblower dies, the townsfolk discover that he failed to leave behind the secret for his special ruby glassware -- and will do literally anything to find the answer. The word usually used to describe Heart of Glass is "haunting"; some viewers have gone beyond haunted and into "possessed." Watch carefully and spot director Herzog in a bit as a glass carrier. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Herbert Achternbusch, Werner Herzog
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2002
New Yorker Films


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Critic Reviews for Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

The elusiveness of Heart of Glass makes it something of a disappointment. But it is too mysteriously lovely to be regarded as a failure.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A visionary film (1976) that fails to cast a spell and so remains rather lifeless -- a problem compounded by the fact that all the actors are performing under hypnosis.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

...the sequences of [Wintrebert] and other glass artists at work in the studio more than carry the day.

Full Review… | November 5, 2015

In this intense documentary, Herzog had his actors perform under hypnosis.

Full Review… | February 16, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Elating visions

Full Review… | August 26, 2009

Audience Reviews for Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas)


A small village is renowned for its "Ruby Glass" glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the glassworks becomes obssessed with the lost secret.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Never mind the first ten minutes of this film, which have the look and feel (but none of th e charm) of a 1970's grade school film.

And never mind the fact that the story is at times annoyingly disjunctive and painfully self indulgent.

I found myself (like the actors) hypnotized and slightly dazed into participation.

Part of me felt slightly annoyed by the film, while another part of me was oddly intrigued and mildly impressed by the abstract and surreal feel of it all.

Not for everyone. But fans of Ingmar Bergman and David Lynch will probably appreciate the film, if not the story itself.

Robert C

Super Reviewer


A bizarre little treat, especially for fans of Herzog. The main talking point comes from the fact that almost all of the actors are hypnoised whilst playing their parts. A wonderfully twisted little experiment, that adds a strange, unsettling and dreamlike quality to what is already a rather unique picture.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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