Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer – Preview

Following its UK theatrical release on 19 January to 4-star reviews, the new documentary Werner Herzog: Radical Dreamer comes to BFI Blu-ray on 19 February, with extras including previously unseen interview footage shot for the film. The film will be available on BFI Player Subscription on the same date.

Master filmmaker, auteur, poet, truth seeker, explorer, brand, meme, actor, lauded voice artiste, doomsayer, and legend… Werner Herzog is all of these. This is the man, now 81, who had a 320-tonne steamboat hauled over a hill in Peru, who hypnotises his actors, climbs into volcanoes, talks to murderers on death row, cooks and eats his own shoe and was once shot mid-interview. It’s these moments, along with other stories and his appearances in everything from The Simpsons to The Mandalorian, that have made him a cult figure the world over.

With exclusive behind-the-scenes access into Herzog’s everyday life and rare archive material, plus in-depth interviews with the man himself and celebrated collaborators (including Christian Bale, Nicole Kidman, and his wife Lena Herzog), we are given an exciting glimpse into his work process and personal life. Also appearing in the film are Joshua Oppenheimer, Robert Pattinson, Patti Smith, Carl Weathers, Wim Wenders and Chloé Zhao.

John McArthur
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