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)
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)
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.
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)
Bierbichler, Stefan Güttler, Clemens Scheitz, Volker Prechtel
A figure has apocalyptic visions and foresees destruction
and collective madness.
Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)
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)
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
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)
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.
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.