Three short films by Werner Herzog, each of which shows a different side of him. In Maßnahmen gegen fanatiker, the absurdist, cynical comedian; in La Soufriére the daredevil adventurer; and in Pilgrimage the lyrical aesthete obsessed by transcendence.
Maßnahmen gegen fanatiker (1969, 12')
Herzog’s first short colour film is a comedy bursting with openly absurd humour, filmed at a harness racing circuit outside Munich. According to Herzog himself, this is an "extensive joke in front of the camera" about men who have to protect the nervous horses at the racecourse against interference from ‘fanatics’ in the public seats.
La Soufriére(1977, 30')
In La Soufriére, Herzog shows his crazy adventurer side: with two cameramen, he travels to the La Soufriére volcano on Guadeloupe, which could erupt at any moment, in search of the sole inhabitant who refuses to flee. The shot of this 'stay-behind' as they find him, calmly sleeping under a tree, lives long in the memory – as does the apocalyptic landscape. The eruption doesn’t happen, after all.
Pilgrimage (2001, 18')
Wordless, lyrical visual essay that is testament to Herzog’s unconditional wonder at the beauty of nature. Using only music as accompaniment, he switches between shots of pilgrims at the grave of Saint Sergei in Sergiyev Posad, Russia, and pilgrims at Mexico’s Guadalupe basilica.
Beeld Maßnahmen gegen fanatiker © Werner Herzog Film
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Eye Filmmuseum presents an exhibition and extensive film programme around the work of celebrated filmmaker Werner Herzog. With an unorthodox oeuvre of more than seventy features, documentaries and shorts, Herzog has fascinated audiences with unforgettable stories, images and characters for more than half a century. His films grant us insights into the relationship between people and the chaotic world around them, as well as into the endless indifference of nature towards human life.