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Director: Werner Herzog     Starring: Josef Bierbichler
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40161421
UPC: 013131156690
UPC 14: 00013131156690
Category Keywords: Bucolic  Fantasy  Magic  Surreal  Theatrical Release
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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.

"Terrifically moving, profoundly mysterious and poetic.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...visually stunning; crammed with stark, graphic, beautiful images.  Leonard Maltin

Editor's 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.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Anchor Bay
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/4/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 94 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1974
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 11566
Video UPC UPC: 00013131156690
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: German
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: German
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Clemens Scheitz
Video Cast Info Sonja Skiba
Video Cast Info Stefan Guttler
Video Cast Info Josef Bierbichler
Video Cast Info Werner Herzog - Director
Video Cast Info Jorg Schmidt-Reitwein - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Mike Gast - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Popol Vuh - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Werner Herzog - Producer
Video Cast Info Werner Herzog - Writer
Video Cast Info Herbert Achternbusch - Writer
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bierbichler,Josef
Product attributeLabel:   Video Treasures
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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