Portrait Werner Herzog

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Portrait Werner Herzog
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Herzog with Lotte Eisner in Portrait Werner Herzog
Directed by Werner Herzog
Written by Werner Herzog
Starring Werner Herzog
Reinhold Messner
Lotte Eisner
Narrated by Werner Herzog
Cinematography Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Edited by Maximiliane Mainka
Running time
28 min.
Country West Germany
Language German

Portrait Werner Herzog (German: Werner Herzog - Filmemacher) is an autobiographical short film by Werner Herzog made in 1986. Herzog tells stories about his life and career.[1]

The film contains excerpts and commentary on several Herzog films, including Signs of Life, Heart of Glass, Fata Morgana, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner, Fitzcarraldo, and the Les Blank documentary Burden of Dreams.

The film is notable for footage of a conversation between Herzog and Lotte Eisner, a film historian whom Herzog admired.[2] In another section, he talks with mountaineer Reinhold Messner, in which they discuss a potential film project in the Himalayas to star Klaus Kinski.

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  1. ^ "Portrait Werner Herzog: The Director’s Autobiographical Short Film from 1986". Open Culture. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  2. ^ Beier, Lars-Olav (February 11, 2010). "Walking Himself into Intoxication". Spiegel, Deutschland. Retrieved April 5, 2017.