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Werner Herzog Directs Cheery New Documentary Series 'Hate In America'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 11:15 AM
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In the last few years, filmmaker Werner Herzog's documentary output has garnered more critical acclaim and commercial attention than his narrative efforts. Just last year, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Herzog's nearly catatonic 3D movie about ancient cave paintings, was a critics' darling and became the highest-grossing documentary of 2011, earning nearly $4 million at the domestic box office despite offering almost no entertainment or information value whatsoever. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Herzog will be returning to the documentary field with two new limited series – "On Death Row," a three-part follow-up to his "Death Row" series of interviews with convicted felons awaiting execution, and "Hate in America," an all-new four-part look at hate crime in America. You might want to make sure your prescriptions for antidepressants are filled before watching either.

Robert Pattinson Joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 4:08 PM
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Now, this is how you not only get over a breakup, but continue to build a helluva resume. Say what you will about Robert Pattinson, but he is using his "Twilight" fame to take on challenging, interesting projects. Over the past few months, he's attached himself to "Mission: Blacklist" about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, a mystery movie about The Band, and "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod's "The Rover." But wow, we could not have seen this next move coming.

Who Got Snubbed? 10 Directors Who Surprisingly Aren't On The Sight & Sound Top 50 Greatest Films List

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 2, 2012 2:02 PM
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So many auteurs, so little time... It's less than 24 hours since the unveiling of Sight & Sound's once-a-decade extensive poll of film critics to find the quote-unquote greatest film of all time, which for the first time ever, saw Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" fall off the top spot and replaced by Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." And as ever, the list has already inspired extensive and fervent debate.

Watch Out, Ridley: Werner Herzog's Gertrude Bell Film Starring Naomi Watts Hoping To Shoot In The Fall

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 20, 2012 10:45 AM
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Ridley Scott, eat your heart out. Or, maybe a shoe is more appropriate here? Werner Herzog is set to beat out Scott with his own biopic of famed British explorer Gertrude Bell set to begin production this fall.

Review: Restrained Werner Herzog Still Shines In Gripping 'Death Row' Series

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 26, 2012 5:01 PM
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The prologue of each of the four episodes of “Death Row” is the same: a restless camera prowls through the dismal ante-room, holding cell and injection chamber of an unnamed execution facility, while director Werner Herzog tells us in his familiar teutonic monotone that, as a German and a guest of the United States, he “respectfully disagree[s]” with the death penalty, legal in 34 states, and performed regularly in 16.

Werner Herzog On John Waters: "I Have The Feeling That This Man Is Gay."

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 4:50 PM
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There is no one who can turn a phrase better than Werner Herzog, and he's one of the few people we could actually say "we could listen to him read the phone book" and mean it. It seems every now and then a morsel of genius falls out of his brain and onto the Internet and today is no different.

Werner Herzog Planning Documentary On Fashion Photographer Helmut Newton & An IMAX Look At Volcanoes

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 27, 2012 8:13 PM
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Let's assume German filmmaker Werner Herzog does not sleep, and then count our blessings that he doesn't. Still trucking along and pushing 70, in the last decade alone Herzog directed 11 films (both documentaries and feature-length narratives) and in 2009 he helmed two films "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done." Last year he released the death penalty documentary "Into the Abyss," he acted beside Tom Cruise in "One Shot" (as a villain no less), he's working on another feature-length film ("Queen Of The Desert" with Naomi Watts), and when he has time he also teaches at his own film school.

Werner Herzog Talks Movie Music, Opera, The Career Of Klaus Kinski & The Humor In His Films At BAM

  • By John Lichman
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  • March 2, 2012 3:18 PM
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Let the record show, Werner Herzog is the best when it comes to choosing music--after all, he said so last night. Talking to a completely full room at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Rose Theater after a screening of "The White Diamond," Herzog mulled over opera and working with musicians, and briefly entertained a Nicholas Cage question over an hour-and-a-half dialogue with moderator Paul Holdengräber, director of LIVE of the New York Public Library.

Berlinale 2012 Review: Restrained Werner Herzog Still Shines In Gripping 'Death Row' Series

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2012 12:05 PM
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The prologue of each of the four episodes of “Death Row” is the same: a restless camera prowls through the dismal ante-room, holding cell and injection chamber of an unnamed execution facility, while director Werner Herzog tells us in his familiar teutonic monotone that, as a German and a guest of the United States, he “respectfully disagree[s]” with the death penalty, legal in 34 states, and performed regularly in 16. And so he sets out his stall up front. What's perhaps surprising, however, is that what he then delivers is neither polemical nor propagandistic in its approach; Herzog's storytelling instincts trump his didactic ones here, to compelling effect. Having already tackled this subject in his feature-length “Into The Abyss” (the central figure of which makes a fleeting appearance here in the "Joseph Garcia and George Rivas" section), it's clear that in exploring the stories of these condemned men and women, Herzog has found a rich vein to mine, and he brings to this latest endeavor, a four-part TV series for Investigation Discovery, an uncharacteristic restraint. His even-handedness serves the subject matter well, largely refuting any accusations of liberal whitewashing before they can even be made. What he delivers instead is a series of nuanced, meticulous and gripping portraits of several death row inmates, unflinchingly portrayed, mostly in their own words and those of the men and women who arrested, reported on, prosecuted and/or defended them.

First Look At Werner Herzog's New 'Death Row' Documentary Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 3:00 PM
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"I respect you but I don't have to like you...," director Werner Herzog says to one of the death row inmates in "Into The Abyss." That powerful documentary, an insightful, moving look at the repercussions of a crime and the harrowing burden of a death sentence, was easily one of the most straighforward, un-Herzogian movies of his career. It's also one of his best in quite some time. Good news arrived in December when it was announced that Herzog was headed to Berlin with even more on the subject with "Death Row: A Documentary Series In Four Parts" and now some images have arrived from the project.

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