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      Heart of Glass

      Released Dec 17, 1976 1h 33m Drama List
      93% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 72% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings In a rural community, a local artist known for making brilliant glass sculptures dies without passing on to anyone the skills of his trade. Huttenbesitzer (Stefan Güttler), who owns the town's glass factory, obsessively attempts to recover the deceased artist's lost knowledge. The villagers employed by Huttenbesitzer also become bewitched by the secrets of glass. Despite the warnings of Hias (Josef Bierbichler), who claims to be a prophet, the possessed locals slowly descend into madness. Read More Read Less

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      Jill Forbes Sight & Sound Herzog is far too much of a maverick to allow us to see universal significance in these moments. He is very much the visionary outsider that Hias is. But it's the vision that counts in the end. Feb 6, 2020 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times I think it should be approached like a piece of music, in which we comprehend everything in terms of mood and aura, and know how it makes us feel even if we can't say what it makes us think. Rated: 4/4 Jul 9, 2018 Full Review Janet Maslin New York Times The elusiveness of Heart of Glass makes it something of a disappointment. But it is too mysteriously lovely to be regarded as a failure. Rated: 3/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Dennis Harvey 48 Hills Some of the auteur’s most bizarre Kinski-free features... Nov 10, 2023 Full Review Taylor Baker Drink in the Movies Episode 50: Heart of Glass / Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Sunset Rated: 90/100 Oct 18, 2021 Full Review Fernando Trueba El Pais (Spain) Heart of Glass may not be an accomplished film, but it is a film of rare beauty. [Full Review in Spanish] Jul 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      John A A subtle fairy-tale kind of story told in a very ethereal kind of way Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/25/23 Full Review georgan g The visuals in this movie are stunning. Shots that took days to set up, plus luck. To understand more than that, you must watch it with Herzog's commentary. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Far out is an understatement to describe this film. Its downright Dull, Dreary and dumb. The reason Im being generous to give it 2 stars is only due to the accurate depictions of our current events predictions. Some of the hypnotized actors may Very well be Biblically prophetic especially when Hias predicts our current Plandemic and Famine along side the Christian persecution from the Roman Catholics and their Anti Pope. Otherwise There is nothing interesting about this film at all. If you like watching glass making Art Id recommend a documentary about the craft itself. I might use this Dvd as a coaster to rest my actual glasses on one of these days. If Im feeling the 3 days of Darkness coming on... Could be sooner rather than later ! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member "Heart of Glass" comes from a truly rare breed of films. Indeed, even the use of the term "breed" feels like a misnomer in light of the profoundly singular experience offered by this enigmatic work. Alongside "2001 A Space Odyssey," Herzog's "Heart of Glass" stands nearly alone in its ability to illuminate the kinds of deeply visceral and even mystical truths that have hitherto proven accessible only to the most skilled and introspective of poets. It may furthermore be convincingly suggested that the revelation of such truths is indicative of the highest form of artistic aspiration, and that Herzog profoundly ennobles the cinema with the resounding success of his creative vision. In terms of overarching themes, my own feeling is that the film evokes a sense of man's intractable fixation on oblivion, the essence of which is the inseparable mixture of deeply felt horror and unremitting curiosity with respect to an almost certain eventual apocalypse. Put another way, Herzog's film creates a kind of symphony emerging from prophetic ruminations over the inexorable tumbling of creation into the everlasting abyss. His greatest success relates to the remarkable way in which he demonstrates the playful and ineffable nature of the cataclysm, creating something akin to a spiritual experience for the contemplative viewer. Plainly stated, to behold such a work is to be hypnotized, stunned, and awed by the majesty of not only cinema but creation itself. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review andrey k In the process, while I was watching it, it seemed indeed strange and quite bizarre; in comparison with it even "Blue Velvet" pales in regards to idiosyncrasy. But in the end, seeing it at as a whole it weighs much more heavier; it's philosophical and hard to grasp at once. The ending alone deserves the very high praise, when men in doubt embarked on the voyage to see the edge of the world. I'm sure time and reflection will even more improve my opinion of this movie; Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Mysterious and genuinely hypnotic to watch, perhaps because the actors themselves are hypnotised throughout! A bit loose thematically, but Herzog's vision is so well realised through profound imagery. A fascinating experiment. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis In a rural community, a local artist known for making brilliant glass sculptures dies without passing on to anyone the skills of his trade. Huttenbesitzer (Stefan Güttler), who owns the town's glass factory, obsessively attempts to recover the deceased artist's lost knowledge. The villagers employed by Huttenbesitzer also become bewitched by the secrets of glass. Despite the warnings of Hias (Josef Bierbichler), who claims to be a prophet, the possessed locals slowly descend into madness.
      Director
      Werner Herzog
      Producer
      Werner Herzog
      Screenwriter
      Herbert Achternbusch, Werner Herzog
      Distributor
      New Yorker Films
      Production Co
      Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      German
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 17, 1976, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 21, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 33m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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