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Kinski versus Herzog
uoahhh!!!! I really think this is the only expression one can experiment at the end of this masterpiece!!! Does everybody knows the magnificent and intrinsic magic of that unusual relationship? If ,for some reason ,you are fan of one these guys,please do not miss it!!!!.
This "HERZOGIANDOKUMENTAR" is the best in his filmography,it consolidates the basic principles of filming gathered together with life lessons about friendship and,above all,human relationships.
y can remember now all the turmoil of sensations that had run in my mind just before the end and after it ended.A deep sense of understanding and comprehension of what human nature is,specially,amongst those who lives from the outstanding art of performance and filming.
Where is steiner now?
It is necessary a great filmmaker to transform a simple sport in something interesting and fascinating.This 45 minutes documentary show us that it is possible!. HERZOG acts as a witness leaving STEINER do the entire work becoming a bird and talking freely about his fears. One the most amazing moments is when STEINER tell us a certain story that happened when he was a child,pure poetry in complete resonance with the film as a whole. In other moments ,the camera captures in a thrilling way all the danger involved in ski-jumping. STEINER made a small appearance in other HERZOG'S masterpiece, KASPAR HAUSER. Where is STEINER now?. I have read in internet that he lives in a small village in Sweden and works as a Gardener.
Cobra Verde (1987)
My vote for COBRA VERDE was 7 out 10 because is HERZOG...That's all. It is really hard to see blonde deep blue eyes KINSKY playing a Brazilian bandit from the northeast region,Bahia or Pernanbuco,sometimes during the film it is not clear from which Brazilian state COBRA VERDE comes from.It burdens me a lot to see the bandit "jumping" from somewhere in the countryside of the Brazilian wastelands to a typical Andine village barefoot to find a strange bar-owner who speaks perfect German and then... come back again to Brazil to find Brazilian/Portuguese rich farm-owner who speaks...perfect German.There are two aspects in the film that amazed me ,the wonderful African landscapes astonishing well filmed and the historical background.There is no doubt,the last few minutes are,in my opinion,the best ever filmed.
In conclusion,COBRA VERDE is the worst HERZOG i have seen until now, but...still is HERZOG.
Der Verlorene (1951)
A film to dream about it.
DER VERLORENE is one of these films that at first seemed to me very confusing and brought me the sensation "i am not following...".I rated it 8 out of 10 mainly because of the wonderful film-noir atmosphere,the black and white photograph,the very well filmed scenes on the streets of "old" Hamburg and ,above all,the extraordinary last minutes.
Then,time passed and months later ,i still have that strange feeling in my mind ,i have been dreaming with that loneness and absurd madness of the main character-the doctor played by Peter Lorre.So i decided to include DER VERLORENE amongst my personal list of best films ever and change my vote to 10 out of 10.
Sometimes a good work of art takes its necessary time to mature as a good wine!.In my humble opinion that is the case of this film.
Blood Tide (1982)
The Greek monster.
I bought this film with another 49 from amazon.com.It came within the famous sci-fi pack so many times here commented among IMDb-USERS.What surprises me more is this paradox,an 3.5(MARK) but 35 comments.
Generally speaking,it is a good adventure in a film with serious problems of photography(the copy that i have!),a monster that we rarely see,peasants of a small Greek island and a stupid blonde.
These characters were mixed-up with a gorgeous couple and a some sort of"archaeologist" who is fan of destroying monuments instead of study them to fulfill this story.Nothing great ,but one can watch it without commitment.
The first time i've heard about the WODAABE people was in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE some years ago and i was fascinated by their marriage ritual.I've asked myself many times what are the origins of such strange and amazing ritual.As a HERZOG'S fan it was a great surprise to discover this documentary not so easy to find and a "little bit" forgot in the middle of HERZOG'S MASTERPIECES.The first scenes are absolutely fantastic.I was mesmerised!!!.Educative experience or simply watching for pleasure,this film is not a waste of time at all.It will show you how simple human society could be ,therefore how one could live with basic and traditional principles regardless of the daily challenges who lives in a hard environment would deal with.In my opinion this work is a lesson of life.
Unfortunately,this is one of these films not very well known by big audiences even in its country of origin.In a simple but poetic way ALGORA tries to tell us the story of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela throughout centuries following the way made by a young pilgrim from West-France to Finisterra,during which one can have a slight idea of how it was in the middle age,peril included.
The best of this documentary is the photography.Galiza has astonishing landscapes and magnificent views by itself that was very well kept by the team in charge.
Poetry,legend and History were here gathered together to tell us in some minutes an almost 2000 years story.
Rommel ruft Kairo (1959)
Good German war adventure.
In my opinion,it's really interesting to watch this sort of films and see to the other side of the hill,i mean the war by the perspective of the Germans.There is another title that i strongly recommend to those who intend to experience something different from all the American and British war movies easy to consume in which the "GOOD GUYS" beats the "BAD Nazis",the film i am referring to is DER STERN VON AFRIKA. I could cite other recent examples where one can have some knowledge of the war stories and adventures from the "enemies" point of view, but i think the great deal here is that we are talking about works made at a time close to historical events what shows some sort of authenticity and that is the case of ROMMEL RUFT KAIRO including the fact of being filmed in real locations at Cairo and Sahara desert.