Heart of Glass

Directed By: Werner Herzog Starring: Josef Bierbichler

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When a master craftsman in a small german town dies, taking the secret ingredient involved in the town's glass-making livelihood with him, a frenzied and deadly search begins to find the formula.


Studio Anchor Bay
SKU 40161421
UPC 013131156690
UPC 14 00013131156690
Format DVD
Release Date 5/4/2010
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In director Werner Herzog's most conceptual and perhaps most challenging film, HEART OF GLASS, a small Bavarian town is plunged into a mysterious and haunted despair when the owner of the town's preindustrial glass factory dies, failing to pass on the secret formula for its special ruby-colored glass. The aesthetic and narrative paths merge as the film leads viewers deep into the hypnotic and at times gothic plight of the workers and townspeople who stumble through the town, mesmerized and dazed, verging on murder and madness. ^Herzog sets the tone not only with the highly stylized performances of his actors, who were actually hypnotized, but also by his signature attention to landscape and ethereal environments, creating a mystical plane of unreality. Vistas of fog-ensconced gothic landscapes merge hypnotically with magical interior scenes of premodern glassblowing as Herzog's evocatively absurd melodrama plays out its somnambulant trajectory toward a slow and submerged climax in which art and life collide in a symbolic and allegorical spectacle.
Plot Summary
Summary When the residents of a preindustrial German village lose the secret of making their unique ruby glass, the townspeople turn to madness, murder, and magic in a desperate effort to recover the pure ingredient they have lost.
New York Times "...Mysteriously lovely..." 10/01/1977 p.10
Sight and Sound "...With its magnificently shot imagery of mist-shrouded mountains and waterfalls, Herzog's film is like a Friedrich painting sprung to life..." 11/01/2002 p.63
Werner Herzog
Josef Bierbichler
Cast & Crew
Clemens Scheitz - Actor
Sonja Skiba - Actor
Stefan Guttler - Actor
Josef Bierbichler - Actor
Werner Herzog - Director
Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein - Director of Photography
Mike Gast - Director of Photography
Popol Vuh - Musical Score
Werner Herzog - Producer
Werner Herzog - Writer
Herbert Achternbusch - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1974
Catalog ID 11566
UPC 00013131156690
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language German
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks German
Product Attributes
Actor Bierbichler,Josef
Label Video Treasures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Terrifically moving, profoundly mysterious and poetic.
Leonard Maltin ...visually stunning; crammed with stark, graphic, beautiful images.

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