Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner A.K.A. Die Große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (1974)

A West German documentary directed by Werner Herzog.
A champion ski jumper has difficulties and record-breaking jumps.
This was pretty good. The plot did not make much sense. The fact that Steiner's normal job is carpentry was not explained at all. The film starts with him showing beautiful carved wood sculptures, but without any explanation that this is his day job. His character as a champion ski jumper was portrayed quite well though. The camera-work showed the jumps in great detail with the use of high speed cameras. The sountrack was typical of Herzog, with Popol Vuh supplying slow and ambient music. Overall, not too shabby. I'm liking Herzog's documentaries more than his fiction films. I rate this adequate.

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