Gesualdo - Death for Five Voices Reviews
Herzog himself states that this one "runs amok" but he understandably sees that as a pro whereas I found it to be a con in this case, quite literally. Artistic embellishment is good and well but portraying fiction as fact amongst actual truths is pretty deceitful and confusing for example, the story of the murders is correct whereas Gesualdo killing his second child in the manner described was completely scripted by Herzog and that is the story that I found most interesting. In a film it would be great but this is supposed to be a documentary and while I'm used to Herzog's ways this one just blurs the lines too much for me. In addition to that, when it is factual, its tone is far from the playful, yet oddly haunting charm that resonates throughout the scripted scenes. It's usually just a scholar reading from a book as you would see in any documentary. Some scenes, scripted or otherwise, also offer little to the film- at times I found the performances of the music to be the only times I'd actually learn something about Gesualdo. Nonetheless, Herzog doesn't hold back and this is yet another interesting and memorable piece of work but there's little of worth to take from it, especially if one views it as a documentary. This is for Herzog fans only (like myself) but his experimentation leaves this documentary well below what I expect from him.
But he was a composer who was the predecessor to Wagner. And his ghost doesn't like bagpipe music, since someone is playing it to cracks in a wall to get rid of it!
GHOSTS HATE BAGPIPES!
How many people did this guy have killed? Who knows?
Obsessive and mad, of course Herzog makes a documentary of him. Probably because Herzog loves Wagner so much. AND NUTJOBS!
Seriously though, I could listen to Herzog narrate just about anything and love it. His fucking german supervillian accent. He sounds like he should be fighting Captain American instead of making 100's of 1,000's of films. But alas, Captain America cannot save us from Werner, a man who ate his own shoe once. BECAUSE WERNER DOES NOT RENEGE ON A BET!
This movie is 60 minutes long. It's got a great running time. There's no excuse not to watch this. Put off watching Lost or whatever it is you people watch and kill an hour with this instead. Or else the ghost of Gesualdo will kill you. But he probably will anyway. Because you slept with his wife.
Also, G was apparently a terrible composer. But he might not be. WHO KNOWS? I DON'T!?
He also talks to a red headed woman with giant tits who probably was a ghost, "I live in heaven, but if you rent a helicopter you can find me." And I'm pretty sure he cuts right before she starts masturbating to this dude's music.
And the fucking jockey in the hat. Oh man.
Why has no one on the facebook seen this yet? Fuck you.