The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner

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The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (Herzog, 1974) 000020387.jpg
Opening shot of the film.
Directed by Werner Herzog
Produced by Werner Herzog
Written by Werner Herzog
Starring Walter Steiner
Werner Herzog
Narrated by Werner Herzog
Music by Popol Vuh
Cinematography Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Edited by Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
Distributed by Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
Release dates
Running time
45 min.
Country West Germany
Language German
Budget DEM 72.000 (estimated)

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (German: Die Große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner) is a 1974 documentary film by German filmmaker Werner Herzog. It is about celebrated ski-jumper Walter Steiner who works as a carpenter for his full-time occupation. Herzog has called it "one of my most important films." [1]


The film includes footage shot in the German towns of Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as well as Planica in Yugoslavia. The film was made as part of a series for a German television station, which restricted in some ways the content. Herzog's original cut was 60 minutes long, but it was edited down to 45 minutes to fit in a one-hour television spot. Also, the station required Herzog himself to appear on camera, which he had not typically done in his documentaries until this point.[1]


  1. ^ a b Herzog, Werner (2001). Herzog on Herzog. Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-20708-1. 

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