Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas)
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Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) is essentially a treatise by Werner Herzog on the power and importance of art. Director Herzog was known to put his actors through the wringer to get the results he wanted. In this film, Herzog decided that the best way to get his people to dance to the crack of his whip was to actually put them under hypnosis! The dazed, zombie-like performances certainly fit the subject matter. This is the story of an 18th-century Bavarian glassblower who by virtue of his delicate work virtually casts a spell over his neighbors. When the glassblower dies, the townsfolk discover… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"The elusiveness of Heart of Glass makes it something of a disappointment. But it is too mysteriously lovely to be regarded as a failure."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Elating visions"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Because of its utter uniqueness, it's expansive vision, and its stone-gazed look at the downfall that very possibly awaits our race, Heart of Glass is a must-see."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"A visionary film (1976) that fails to cast a spell and so remains rather lifeless -- a problem compounded by the fact that all the actors are performing under hypnosis."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The artist as the bridge connecting the head in ascendance and the heart of glass."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"In this intense documentary, Herzog had his actors perform under hypnosis."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Herzog creates a magnificent-looking, hauntingly strange film that, at points, has the same mesmerising effect as that experienced by the cast."
‑ , Film4
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