Werner Herzog has created a body of work that rivals many great directors. He is most noted for his documentaries but it is worth mentioning that Herzog has also made many amazing feature films, his earliest with the late actor Klaus Kinski.
His awareness of geopolitical issues together with his poetic reflections of the subject gives way to a unique cinematic experience.
Herzog has tackled his subjects with the eye of a cultural relativist. His focus on what seems to be ordinary details about people shows a director with a real sense of humanity. His awareness of geopolitical issues together with his poetic reflections of the subject gives way to a unique cinematic experience. He easily turns the mundaneness of everyday lives into stories that the viewer can connect with. This is the true greatness of Herzog’s films—it’s his ability to connect with people on a level that is beyond the superficial. If you haven’t watched any of Herzog’s documentaries or films below is a list of some that we highly recommend.
Lessons of Darkness
Encounters at the End of the World
Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
The Wheel of Time
Where the Green Ants Dream
My Best Fiend