- By Alan Greenberg Werner Herzog

Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass

  • Title: Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass
  • Author: Alan Greenberg Werner Herzog
  • ISBN: 9781569766071
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Every Night the Trees Disappear Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass When Alan Greenberg first showed up at Werner Herzog s Munich home at age twenty four he was according to the director the first outsider to seek him and recognize his greatness At the end of their

    When Alan Greenberg first showed up at Werner Herzog s Munich home at age twenty four, he was, according to the director, the first outsider to seek him and recognize his greatness At the end of their first evening together, Herzog urged Greenberg to work with him on his film Heart of Glass and everything thereafter He clinched his plea by assuring the young American, OWhen Alan Greenberg first showed up at Werner Herzog s Munich home at age twenty four, he was, according to the director, the first outsider to seek him and recognize his greatness At the end of their first evening together, Herzog urged Greenberg to work with him on his film Heart of Glass and everything thereafter He clinched his plea by assuring the young American, On the outside we ll look like gangsters, but on the inside we ll wear the gowns of priests Every Night the Trees Disappear is an intimate chronicle of how this visionary filmmaker directed a masterwork Greenberg s observations, interwoven with Herzog s original screenplay, elucidate just how unusual Herzog s filmmaking methods could be By hypnotizing his actors before shooting each scene, Herzog led his crew into a veritable cinematic netherworld, resulting in one of the most haunting movies ever made.Rather than a conventional, journalistic account of how a director makes a movie, Every Night the Trees Disappear instead presents a unique vision with the feel of a novel intimate, penetrating, and filled with mystery.

    1 thought on “Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass

    1. On the one hand, here's an account of Herzog in action. Its movements are predictably unpredictable -- like Herzog's own Conquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo, focused way more on oddities than technicalties -- but, at times, as Herzog notes in the afterword, things seem a bit adulatory, psyched to accelerate the transformation of man into myth. Long live the mythopoetic apparition of the great German neo-Romantic poet director questing for adventure and ecstatic b [...]

    2. "Heart of Glass" - that movie where Werner Herzog hypnotized his entire cast. A bizarre and not entirely successful film, but its poetic stylizations, somnambulant actors, and dark folktale narrative make it worthwhile. Recording the expectedly strange behind-the-scenes activity here is Alan Greenberg, writer of the legendary unproduced screenplay "Love in Vain" about Robert Johnson and the exceptional doc "The Land of Look Behind" about Bob Marley's funeral. Learn Werner's hynosis techniques, h [...]

    3. I've been a longtime Herzog worshipper well, not longtime at all, but intensetime. However, I'd never read any of his screenplays. I was surprised and not at surprised to find that the actual screenplay for "Heart of Glass" is an excruciating read. The film was one I had trouble liking, but eventually I did. I don't think the same would happen with the screenplay. If a screenplay is a recipe for a film, this on is like one of those recipes written by a matriarch where everything is vague because [...]

    4. Martje Herzog remarked that she and her husband had been married for ten years as of this day. Herzog related an incident from the night before."I was asleep at home, and Martje appeared before me. She walked over to the edge of a cliff and stood there, tottering. I felt frightened and dashed toward the edge, where I seized her, saving her as she was about to fall off the cliff and die. Right at that point, Martje awoke in a panic. My hands were around her throat, and I was squeezing--""He was c [...]

    5. Heart of Glass is often overlooked among Herzog's classic work, or simply categorized as the hypnosis film. I was fascinated to discover the details of the filming. Whereas Herzog has always seemed eccentric, this is the first depiction that actually had me questioning his sanity. Perhaps the psychoanalyst on set was correct when he stated that Herzog himself is not mad, but that he surrounds himself with mad people, which impacts his psyche. In any case, it's a fascinating and bizarre read inte [...]

    6. Probs only for diehard Herzog fans -- but just so, so good. Hypnotising a cast before filming of a movie: Check. Write the script in a few breif days (per usual): Check. Magnificently trippy and creepy and visionary completed film: Check. All documented here, by a writer who can write -- and think. Heart of Glass, Heart of Glass, Heart of Glass.

    7. confounding, interesting, mysterious, mystical, philosophical, mad, inspired. a collection of remembrances interspersed with scenarios that built up the film Heart of Glass. i'd recommend it if you've seen the film and want to know more. if you haven't seen the film and want to read this book, i'd recommend watching the film first.

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