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Sixteen Classic Werner Herzog Films Will Be Streaming on Fandor

Sixteen Classic Werner Herzog Films Will Be Streaming on Fandor

Herzog fans, rejoice. Fandor has attained exclusive streaming rights for no less than 16 (!) of the German auteur’s films. “Aguirre the Wrath of God” has its bow on April 10, with one new title launching each week through July 2014.

Fandor’s recent CEO and TOH! contributor Ted Hope helped to negotiate the deal for the site.

So, which Herzog films are part of this new collection? The titles span three decades, incorporating both narrative and documentary, and include all the director’s work with his stormy muse Klaus Kinski (as well as the documentary on their insanely tempestuous relationship, “My Best Fiend”).

Meanwhile, the 71-year-old Herzog is still as active and marvelously unpredictable as ever: He’s finishing up filming in Morocco on Gertrude Bell/T.E. Lawrence biopic “Queen of the Desert,” starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, and has school shooting dark comedy “Vernon God Little” up next, with the unlikely names of Pamela Anderson, Mike Tyson and Russell Brand in the cast.

To be streaming on Fandor:

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Starring:  Klaus
Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Peter Berling

Spanish conquistadores disappear into the jungle without a
trace while searching for the legendary El Dorado.


Ballad of the Little Soldier (1984)

Directed by Werner Herzog and Denis Reichle

A documentary film about child soldiers tragically caught up
in the Miskito Indian resistance of Nicaragua.


Cobra Verde (1987)

Starring: Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy, Salvatore
Basile, Peter Berling

Based on the best-selling novel “The Viceroy of
Ouidah” by Bruce Chatwin, Cobra Verde tells the fascinating story of
Francisco Manoel da Silva.


Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Starring:  Helmut
Döring, Gerd Gickel, Erna Gschwendtner

Werner Herzog’s bleak vision of rebellion and the resulting
mayhem in an institution.


Fata Morgana (1970)

Fata Morgana (“Mirage”) is a science-fiction elegy of dead
or demented colonialism in the Sahara.


Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Starring:  Klaus
Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Peter Berling

An opera aficionado’s determination to build an opera house
in Peru leads to an ambitious effort to pull a boat over a mountain.


The Enigma of Kasper

Starring:  Bruno S.,
Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira

A mysterious foundling emerges from a dark cellar where he
has spent his youth and, as if he had arrived from another planet, he has no
concept of this world.  Based on a true


Heart of Glass (1976)

Starring:  Josef
Bierbichler, Stefan Güttler, Clemens Scheitz, Volker Prechtel

A figure has apocalyptic visions and foresees destruction
and collective madness.


Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)

Featuring:  Fini

The heroine of this documentary is a blind and deaf woman
whose job is to help others similarly afflicted.


Lessons of Darkness (1992)

An apocalyptic vision of the oil well fires in Kuwait after
the Gulf War as a whole world burst into flames.


Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

A documentary about the extraordinary capture and escape of
the German/U.S. pilot Dieter Dengler in Laos.


My Best Fiend (1999)

A film about the love/hate relationship between Werner
Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski.


Nosferatu, the Vampyre (1978)

Starring:  Klaus
Kinski, Isabelle Adjani

An homage to F.W. Murnau’s silent classic, this richly-drawn
version of the Dracula tale is one of Herzog’s most beautiful and haunting


Stroszek (1976)

Starring:  Bruno S.,
Eva Mattes, Burkhard Driest, Prinz von Homburg

The story of a man for whom there is no place in society and
his attempts to find freedom and fortune in America.


Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

Starring:  Bruce
Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Roy Marika, Ray Barrett, Norman Keye

In a desolate stretch of earth somewhere in the heart of
Australia, a group of tribal Aborigines struggle to defend a sacred site
against the bulldozers of a mining company.


Woyzeck (1979)

Starring:  Klaus
Kinski, Eva Mattes

The powerful story of the poor soldier, Woyzeck, who is
driven to madness and murder by the social conditions in which he lives.  Based on the stage play by Georg Büchner.

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I've seen all of his feature films (not documentaries), and after doing so, I always refer to him as Master Herzog… He really is a genius of cinema, I hope that more people see his work, since I find him somehow underrated… For anyone who has never seen Aguirre: The Wrath of God, I recommend 'em to watch it, cuz it's one of the best films ever made…

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