A Companion to Werner Herzog (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

A Companion to Werner Herzog (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

By: Brad Prager (editor)Hardback

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A Companion to Werner Herzog showcases over two dozen original scholarly essays examining nearly five decades of filmmaking by one of the most acclaimed and innovative figures in world cinema. * First collection in twenty years dedicated to examining Herzog s expansive career * Features essays by international scholars and Herzog specialists * Addresses a broad spectrum of the director s films, from his earliest works such as Signs of Life and Fata Morgana to such recent films as The Bad Lieutenant and Encounters 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 list of the director s acting appearances and opera productions * Explores the director s engagement with music and the arts, his self-stylization as a global filmmaker, his Bavarian origins, and even his love-hate relationship with the actor Klaus Kinski

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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).


Notes on Contributors viii Acknowledgments xiv Werner Herzog s Companions: The Consolation of Images 1 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 Lucia 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 and the 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 Sonic Worlds 168 Roger Hillman 8 Death for Five Voices : Gesualdo s Poetic Truth 187 Holly Rogers 9 Demythologization and Convergence: Herzog s Late Genre Pictures and the Rogue Cop Film in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 208 Jaimey Fisher Part III Herzog s German Encounters 231 10 I don t like the Germans : Even Herzog Started in Bavaria 233 Chris Wahl 11 Herzog s Heart of Glass and the Sublime of Raw Materials 256 Noah Heringman 12 The Ironic Ecstasy of Werner Herzog: Embodied Vision in The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 281 Roger F. Cook 13 Tantrum Love: The Fiendship of Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog 301 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: Werner Herzog s Where the Green Ants Dream and Bruce Chatwin s The Songlines 356 Manuel Koppen 16 A March into Nothingness: The Changing Course of Herzog s Indian Images 371 Will Lehman 17 The Case of Herzog: Re-Opened 393 Eric Ames 18 The Veil Between: Werner Herzog s American TV Documentaries 416 John E. Davidson 19 Herzog s Chickenshit 445 Rembert Huser 20 Encountering Werner Herzog at the End of the World 466 Reinhild Steingrover Part V Toward the Limits of Experience Philosophical Approaches 485 21 Perceiving the Other in the Land of Silence and Darkness 487 Randall Halle 22 Werner Herzog s Romantic Spaces 510 Laurie Johnson 23 The Melancholy Observer: Landscape, Neo-Romanticism, and the Politics of Documentary Filmmaking 528 Matthew Gandy 24 Portrait of the Chimpanzee as a Metaphysician: Parody and Dehumanization in Echoes from a Somber Empire 547 Guido Vitiello 25 Herzog and Human Destiny: The Philosophical Purposiveness of the Filmmaker 566 Alan Singer Filmography 587 Compiled by Chris Wahl Index 611

Product Details

  • publication date: 19/04/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781405194402
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 644
  • ID: 9781405194402
  • weight: 1408
  • ISBN10: 1405194405

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