Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog

Highest Rated: 100% A Gray State (2017)

Lowest Rated: 18% Queen of the Desert (2015)

Birthday: Sep 05, 1942

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

German filmmaker Werner Herzog examined the extremes of human behavior and belief in such acclaimed documentaries and feature films as "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" (1972), "Fitzcarraldo" (1982), "Grizzly Man" (2005) and "Into the Abyss" (2011). Born Werner Herzog Stipetic on September 5, 1942 in Munich, Germany, his family relocated to the remote Bavarian village of Sachrang after the family home was destroyed in a bombing raid during World War II. Herzog was raised without household plumbing or a telephone, and did not see a film until a traveling projectionist visited his schoolhouse. At the age of 12, Herzog and his mother returned to Munich; there, he developed his interest in filmmaking, and after learning what he believed to be the fundamentals of the process from an encyclopedia - and stealing a camera from the Munich Film School - Herzog made his first efforts as a director. He logged brief periods of study with Duquense University in Pennsylvania and Munich University, but devoted more time to making featurettes and traveling the world, including the south of Sudan, Mexico and the United Kingdom, where he learned English. In 1968, he directed his first feature, "Leibensziechen" ("Signs of Life"), a drama about a trio of German soldiers who descend into obsession and madness while recuperating from injuries in Greece. The film would, in part, set the template for his subsequent film efforts, which explored the axis between mysticism and mental or physical extremes: in "Even Dwarves Started Small" (1970), a group of little people consigned to an asylum break free of their captors - also dwarves - and run amok in quasi-pagan rituals, while the documentaries "Handicapped Future" (1971) and "Land of Silence and Darkness" (1971) explored life without the use of sight, hearing or physical ability. The lengths to which Herzog would test himself and his crew also became a crucial part of his persona: for "Fata Morgana" (1971), a form-free documentary-cum-science-fiction film set in the Saharan Desert, Herzog was imprisoned, beaten and forced to abandon his film equipment, while for "Aguirre the Wrath of God" (1972), he trekked through near-impassable sections of the Amazon to tell the story of a doomed expedition by 16th century conquistadors. The latter film marked the first of seven collaborations between Herzog and Klaus Kinski, a German actor known for intense, seemingly possessed performances. Herzog and Kinski waged epic battles of ego and will behind the scenes, but their work together produced some of the most remarkable films of the 1970s and 1980s, including a remake of F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu the Vampyre" (1979) and "Fitzcarraldo" (1982), a story of a music obsessive's dream of bringing opera to the Amazon which featured an actual riverboat dragged over the Andes. Herzog would team with other extreme performers and subjects, including the mentally unbalanced street performer Bruno S. in "The Enigma of Kasper Hauser" (1974) and the American televangelist Dr. Gene Scott in the documentary "God's Angry Man" (1981), but his work with Kinski provided him with international acclaim and audiences until the actor's death in 1991. Herzog worked almost exclusively in documentaries for the better part of the next decade, exploring such subjects as the impact of the Gulf War on Kuwait in "Lessons of Darkness" (1992), the German pilot and Vietnam War POW Dieter Dengler in "Little Dieter Needs to Fly" (1997) and the melancholic "My Best Fiend" (1999), which recounted his relationship with Kinski. In 2001, he returned to feature dramas with "Invincible" (2001), a fictionalized take on the life of Jewish strongman Zishe Breitbart, which launched one of the most prolific and successful periods in Herzog's career. He won critical praise and several awards for a string of documentaries, including the harrowing "Grizzly Man" (2005), about the life and death of nature advocate Timothy Treadwell, "Encounters at the End of the World" (2007), which concerned life in Antarctica, as well as the capital punishment documentary "Into the Abyss" (2011) and "Into the Inferno" (2016), about volcanoes. In many of these projects, Herzog himself appeared on-camera, and his impassive Teutonic voice and cerebral monologues were the subject of numerous parodies and tributes, many of which, like Zak Penn's mockumentary "Incident at Loch Ness" (2004), Herzog was a willing and bemused participant; he also gave surprisingly intense acting turns in Harmony Korine's "Julien Donkey-Boy" (1999) and the Tom Cruise vehicle "Jack Reacher" (2012). Though fewer in number, his dramatic features also drew critical praise, most notably the crime thrillers "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," with Nicolas Cage, and the David Lynch-produced "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?" (both 2009), both of which were nominated for the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival. 2018 found Herzog in typical form, overseeing or promoting a slew of new projects, including the documentaries "Meeting Gorbachev" and "Fireball," about the cultural significance of meteorites, for his own production shingle, Wefjarner Herzog Filmproduktion.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
98% 67% Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds Narrator,
Director,
Writer
- 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking on Cinema Subject (Voice) - 2020
92% 54% Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin Director,
Screenwriter
- 2019
74% 64% Family Romance, LLC Director,
Screenwriter,
Cinematographer
- 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattoo Uprising Himself (Character) - 2019
87% 69% Meeting Gorbachev Himself (Character),
Director,
Writer
$251K 2018
94% 91% The Great Buster: A Celebration Himself (Character) $118.3K 2018
100% 60% A Gray State Executive Producer - 2017
31% 15% Salt and Fire Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 2016
93% 68% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World Narrator,
Director,
Writer,
Producer
$594.5K 2016
92% 73% Into the Inferno Himself (Character),
Director,
Writer
- 2016
18% 34% Queen of the Desert Director,
Screenwriter
- 2015
No Score Yet 84% La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe Unknown (Character),
Director
- 2014
92% 85% Red Army Executive Producer $728.7K 2014
96% 89% The Look of Silence Executive Producer $109.1K 2014
No Score Yet 71% From One Second to the Next Director - 2013
88% 85% The Wind Rises Castorp (Voice) - 2013
25% 46% Dinotasia Narrator - 2012
64% 67% Jack Reacher The Zec (Character) $54.6M 2012
No Score Yet 88% Death Row Director,
Screenwriter
- 2012
95% 85% The Act of Killing Executive Producer $484.2K 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ode to the Dawn of Man Director,
Cinematographer
- 2011
92% 76% Into the Abyss Narrator,
Director
$222K 2011
88% 77% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$337.5K 2010
96% 73% Cave of Forgotten Dreams Narrator,
Director,
Screenwriter
$5.2M 2010
No Score Yet 91% Futurestates Unknown (Character) - 2009
85% 57% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Director $1.7M 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Plastic Bag Plastic Bag (Voice) - 2009
49% 44% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Director,
Screenwriter
- 2009
No Score Yet 62% Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary Himself (Character) - 2008
40% 43% The Grand The German (Character) $114.7K 2008
47% 57% Mister Lonely Father Umbrillo (Character) $165.8K 2007
94% 83% Encounters at the End of the World Narrator,
Director,
Screenwriter
$943.9K 2007
90% 75% Rescue Dawn Director,
Writer
$5.5M 2006
69% 57% The Wild Blue Yonder Director,
Writer
- 2005
92% 85% Grizzly Man Narrator,
Director,
Writer
$3.2M 2005
94% 86% The White Diamond Director - 2004
63% 66% Incident at Loch Ness Himself (Character) $36.8K 2004
94% 79% Wheel of Time Unknown (Voice),
Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 2003
86% 78% Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet Director - 2002
54% 51% Invincible Director,
Producer,
Writer
$80.6K 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski Narrator,
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1999
80% 92% Mon Ennemi Intime Himself (Character),
Director
$95.6K 1999
30% 71% Julien Donkey-Boy Father (Character) $80.2K 1999
93% 94% Little Dieter Needs to Fly Narrator,
Director,
Writer
- 1997
No Score Yet 62% Gesualdo - Death for Five Voices Director - 1995
No Score Yet 85% Bells From the Deep Director,
Writer
- 1995
100% 92% Lessons of Darkness Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1992
No Score Yet 62% Scream of Stone Director - 1991
No Score Yet 71% Echoes From a Somber Empire Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1990
No Score Yet 44% Hard to Be a God Mita / Richard (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 84% Wodaabe: Herdsmen of the Sun Narrator,
Director,
Writer
- 1989
82% 76% Cobra Verde Director,
Writer
- 1987
60% No Score Yet Tokyo-Ga Himself (Character) - 1985
80% 61% Where the Green Ants Dream Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1984
94% 91% Burden of Dreams Himself (Character) - 1982
78% 92% Fitzcarraldo Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1982
85% 77% Woyzeck Director,
Screenwriter
- 1979
95% 83% Nosferatu Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Soufrière Narrator,
Director
- 1977
95% 92% Stroszek Director,
Writer
- 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck Director - 1976
92% 72% Heart of Glass Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1976
No Score Yet 89% The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner Narrator,
Director,
Writer
- 1974
95% 90% Every Man for Himself and God Against All Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1974
96% 91% Aguirre: The Wrath of God Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1972
83% 89% Land of Silence and Darkness Director,
Screenwriter
- 1971
No Score Yet 72% Fata Morgana Director - 1971
100% 76% Even Dwarfs Started Small Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1970
91% 71% Signs of Life Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1968
No Score Yet 38% The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz Director,
Screenwriter,
Film Editor
- 1967

TV

Credit
85% 76% The Simpsons Walter Hotenhoffer (Guest Voice) 2019-2020 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2016
94% 93% Rick and Morty Shrimply Pibbles (Guest Voice) 2015
93% 89% Parks and Recreation Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Werner Herzog on Death Row Director 2012-2013
No Score Yet 90% American Dad Himself (Guest Voice) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Q With Jian Ghomeshi Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie Rose Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio Spotlight Unknown (Character) 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guest 2008

QUOTES FROM Werner Herzog CHARACTERS

Narrator says: This colossal land mass is one and a half times the size of the United States.

Werner Herzog says: Wow. I never realized the extent of capital punishment till I saw this. Who won in this? It seems to me, there was no win. Just a lot of losses. The state of Texas is no different from taking a life than Micheal Perry. Again...........Wow.

Werner Herzog says: Wow. I never realized the extent of capital punishment till I saw this. Who won in this? It seems to me, there was no win. Just a lot of losses. The state of Texas is no different from taking a life than Micheal Perry. Again... Wow.