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Autobiographical Acts

Eric Ames

in Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.003.0008
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores a series of documentaries, each from a different decade of Herzog’s career, namely, I Am My Films (1978), Portrait Werner Herzog (1986), My Best Fiend (1999), and Grizzly Man ... More


Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Eric Ames

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Over the course of his career Werner Herzog, known for such visionary masterpieces as Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974), has directed almost sixty films, roughly ... More


Moving Landscapes

Eric Ames

in Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Landscape is central to Herzog’s notion of documentary because he explicitly stylizes it. In interviews, he even characterizes himself as ‘a director of landscape.’ This chapter explores the ... More


Cultural Politics

Eric Ames

in Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter addresses the political aspect of Herzog’s documentaries since his fall from grace in the early 1980s, especially around the making of Fitzcarraldo (1982). Charges of environmental and ... More


Baroque Visions

Eric Ames

in Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter locates Herzog’s documentaries vis-à-vis the transatlantic revival of the baroque in twentieth-century culture. It argues that the baroque, which is characterized in aesthetic terms by ... More


Sensational Bodies

Eric Ames

in Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores how Herzog’s documentaries involve sensational bodies, including the bodies of spectators. The analysis focuses on Land of Silence and Darkness (1971), Herzog’s personal ... More


Werner Herzog, Documentary Outsider

Eric Ames

in Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter first sets out the book’s purpose, namely to explore Werner Herzog’s ambivalent and innovative relationship with documentary cinema. The book proceeds from the ... More


Reenactments

Eric Ames

in Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter investigates Herzog’s use of reenactment as a documentary technique. It argues that Herzog co-opts reenactment in the context of his own work, where it serves as both a cinematic ... More


Ecstatic Journeys

Eric Ames

in Ferocious Reality: Documentary according to Werner Herzog

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677634
eISBN:
9781452948140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the interrelationship of spirituality and documentary in Herzog’s body of work. It begins with a brief look at Huie’s Sermon (1980), an observational documentary focusing on the ... More


Actor, Avatar

Linda Haverty Rugg

in Self-Projection: The Director's Image in Art Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691234
eISBN:
9781452949505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691234.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The director’s relationship to his actors, and how that collaboration works within the framework of self-projection. Attention is paid to personal relationships between actors and directors ... More


The Director Plays Director

Linda Haverty Rugg

in Self-Projection: The Director's Image in Art Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691234
eISBN:
9781452949505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691234.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Examination of directorial self-representation in two related genres: documentaries on the making of films and narrative films about directing, in which the director plays a fictional film director. ... More


Grizzly Man, Sentimentality, and Our Relationships With Other Animals

Macalester Bell

in Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780195384512
eISBN:
9780199350452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384512.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Many people take themselves to enjoy a deep and profoundly important relationship with their companion animals. Yet there is an old, but persistent, strand of thought that is skeptical about the very ... More


Self-Projection: The Director's Image in Art Cinema

Linda Haverty Rugg

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691234
eISBN:
9781452949505
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691234.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book is formed as a response to the question of whether narrative films can perform as autobiographies. This is a subject that has been treated only in a couple of essays as a theoretical field ... More


Genre: The Speck of Irony and the Ethnolandscape in Ruins

Laura Rascaroli

in How the Essay Film Thinks

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190238247
eISBN:
9780190238278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190238247.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The taxonomic difficulties generated by the essay film are rooted in its in-between positioning vis-à-vis genres, which facilitates the subversion of their conventions and the uncovering of their ... More


The Luxury of Solipsism: Gesualdo

Susan McClary

in Modal Subjectivities: Self-Fashioning in the Italian Madrigal

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520234932
eISBN:
9780520929159
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234932.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In 1995, German cinematic auteur Werner Herzog released Gesualdo: Death in Five Voices, a documentary of sorts on the composer's life and music. Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, ought never to have ... More


Self-Projection and the Cinematic Apparatus

Linda Haverty Rugg

in Self-Projection: The Director's Image in Art Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691234
eISBN:
9781452949505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691234.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Here the appearance of various attributes of the cinematic apparatus (projector, screen, photographic film frames) are linked to various parts of the filmmaker’s body and sensory apparatus, making ... More


Without a You, No I: Cinematic Self-Projection

Linda Haverty Rugg

in Self-Projection: The Director's Image in Art Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691234
eISBN:
9781452949505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691234.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A look at the historical and theoretical underpinnings of art cinema, examining how viewers are conditioned to recognize an author’s presence in fictional cinematic narrative. Discussion of ... More


The Director’s Body

Linda Haverty Rugg

in Self-Projection: The Director's Image in Art Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691234
eISBN:
9781452949505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691234.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Analysis of the appearance of cinematic authors within their own fictional narratives and how this relates to self-projection. Theories of embodied spectatorship related to a discussion of embodied ... More


The Eye/I of the Auteur

Linda Haverty Rugg

in Self-Projection: The Director's Image in Art Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691234
eISBN:
9781452949505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691234.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

A brief conclusion that goes back over the major points of the study’s discussions and thinks about the implications of digital filmmaking. In the end, the imagined relationship between the spectator ... More


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