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News, Your Humble Narrator The Most Dangerous Games: The Madness of Hosting Big Events like the World Cup or Olympics

The Most Dangerous Games: The Madness of Hosting Big Events like the World Cup or Olympics

In the 1982 film Fitzcarraldo, the titular character is possessed by a feverish, insatiable, maniacal dream: to erect an opera house deep within the heart of the Amazon. His descent into madness is actually marked by an ascent. Exploiting the…
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Film, "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga": True Cinematic Pleasure

"Happy People: A Year in the Taiga": True Cinematic Pleasure

So this is Werner Herzog phoning it in: cutting down another director's film from four hours to one-and-a-half, ruminating on the imagery at hand, and slapping on his own trademark mad-Teuton narration. Not that we're complaining. Director Dmitry Vasyukov's original…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pimps and Enigmas

Pimps and Enigmas

Re-examining the 1970s is a recurring theme in this year’s SF Indiefest, exemplified by two of the movies playing simultaneously tonight. On one screen is Jorge Hinojosa’s fascinating documentary Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, which looks at the life…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist

How Hollywood Movies Led to Genocide: The Act of Killing at the Toronto Film Festival

Film critic Karina Longworth is reporting from the Toronto International Film Festival this week. The best, most daring and form-defying documentaries in the world right now are being funded by the Danish Film Institute, and so it goes that the…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse Movie Listings June 27-July 3, 2012

The Castro Theatre. Pina and Cave of Forgotten Dreams: A documentary double feature about German dance choreographer Pina Bausch and Werner Herzog's expedition to the Chauvet Cave in France. Through June 27. $7.50-$10. Barbarella and Cherry 2000: A double feature…
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Calendar, Night&Day Crime and Punishment and Herzog

Crime and Punishment and Herzog

An egalitarian study of crime and punishment in a small southern town, Into the Abyss is also an unmistakably Herzogian inquiry into the lawlessness of the human soul. That would be the abyss of the title, though if you're looking…
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Film, Feature Year in Film: Filmmakers Who Transcended the 3D Gimmick

Year in Film: Filmmakers Who Transcended the 3D Gimmick

It was 1952 in Haddon Township, N.J., and 5-year-old Steven Spielberg was bummed about The Greatest Show on Earth, the first movie he saw in a theater. "I wanted to see three-dimensional characters, and all this was flat shadows,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Werner Herzog Looks <em>Into the Abyss</em> and Finds Death -- and Life -- in a Senseless Capital Crime

Werner Herzog Looks Into the Abyss and Finds Death -- and Life -- in a Senseless Capital Crime

Anyone who has seen his earlier documentaries, including Grizzly Man or Cave of Forgotten Dreams, would agree that German-born filmmaker Werner Herzog could narrate the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and turn it into a completely captivating experience from beginning…
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Film, "Marwencol": One guy's self-help project is another's outsider art

"Marwencol": One guy's self-help project is another's outsider art

Exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do, Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol is something like a homegrown slice of Werner Herzog oddness, complete with true-crime backfill and juicy metafictive upshot. It…
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Film, Rep Showtimes

Arthouse movie listings for February 24-March 2, 2010

To submit a listing, e-mail film@sfweekly.com. Artists' Television Access. Zeitgeist Addendum: Peter Joseph's documentary on international financial systems. Thu., Feb. 25, 7 p.m. $6. Noise Pop Film Festival: Music-related films. Feb. 26-28. $10. 992 Valencia (at 21st St.), 824-3890, www.atasite.org.…
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Film, New Orleans is breeding ground for Nicolas Cage's <i>Bad Lieutenant</i>

New Orleans is breeding ground for Nicolas Cage's Bad Lieutenant

The joke's on someone in Werner Herzog's awkwardly titled Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. Possibly Abel Ferrara, who, exploding in fury when he learned that the German conquistador was planning to remake his 1992 career movie, opined that…
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Calendar, Night&Day Nosferatu the Vampyre

Nosferatu the Vampyre

The classic tale is re-told by Werner Herzog, who puts his own stamp on it by including longtime collaborators such as Klaus Kinski, who plays the Count, and Bruno Ganz, who plays the real estate agent looking to buy some…
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Calendar, Night&Day Grizzly Demise

Grizzly Demise

The grizzly bear has scored its fair share of movie roles. It’s the beleaguered cub of Jean-Jacques Annaud’s ode to nature, The Bear, the object of ill-fated Timothy Treadwell’s obsession in Werner Herzog’s documentary Grizzly Man, and has had its…
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Calendar, Night&Day Cool Clear Waters

Cool Clear Waters

Last time we saw Alice Waters, the famous food enthusiast was cooking Werner Herzog's shoe in Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, a great movie about shoes and movies and Werner Herzog. But today, she talks about the Slow Food Movement,…
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Film, Deep Freeze

Deep Freeze

Some say the world will end in fire, some — like Werner Herzog — say ice. Flying in the face of global warming, this profoundly idiosyncratic filmmaker leads an expedition, alternately comic and visionary, to the heart of coldness. Herzog's…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>Encounters at the End of the World</i>

Encounters at the End of the World

Werner Herzog has made a career documenting extreme landscapes and courting danger. Encounters at the End of the World chronicles his trip to Antarctica, and, perhaps because the director is approaching old-master status, skews toward the observational. Taking a military…
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Film, The Way You Make Me Feel

The Way You Make Me Feel

A man in a Michael Jackson outfit — red shirt, black jeans, white face mask — rides hunched over the tiny frame of a clown bike. Jutting out to his side, attached by a wire, is a stuffed monkey puppet…
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Film, The Terrible Infant Speaks

The Terrible Infant Speaks

The snapshot, smudged with soot, shows a man with a puzzled expression propped up in a hospital bed. He is clearly a patient of some kind. The object cradled in his arms explains the puzzlement: a clown-red baseball bat. Another…
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News, The Snitch Werner Herzog Stanford Talk: I'm a Soldier

Werner Herzog Stanford Talk: I'm a Soldier

Iconic filmmaker Werner Herzog spoke at Stanford last night after a screening of his 2005 documentary Grizzly Man, about a man named Timothy Treadwell who spent part of his life living with Alaskan grizzly bears, one of which eventually…
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Calendar, Night&Day Happy Birthday, Herzog

Happy Birthday, Herzog

Werner Herzog has never been what you would call the retiring type. The peripatetic German director marked his 65th birthday last week not with a cake or a nap or a round of miniature golf, but with the premiere of…
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