Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas)
Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas) (1976)

A mesmeric production by Werner Herzog about the power and importance of art. A small town in Bavaria has become particularly famous for its beautiful ruby-colored glasswork. The glassblower responsible dies without revealing to anyone the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 17, 1976
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In this intense documentary, Herzog had his actors perform under hypnosis.

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Herzog creates a magnificent-looking, hauntingly strange film that, at points, has the same mesmerising effect as that experienced by the cast.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Elating visions

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Jeremy Heilman

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.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...the sequences of [Wintrebert] and other glass artists at work in the studio more than carry the day.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

The artist as the bridge connecting the head in ascendance and the heart of glass.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
A small village is renowned for its "Ruby Glass" glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the… More
Walter M.
While atmospheric, "Heart of Glass" does not really feel like any other Werner Herzog movie I have seen. But it still feels like it is suited for his… More
Robert C
Never mind the first ten minutes of this film, which have the look and feel (but none of th e charm) of a 1970's grade school film. And never mind the… More
Alec Barniskis
Like many of Herzog's films, "Heart of Glass" deals with the mechanics of obsession. Here (I think) its about the need to control and understand… More
Luke Baldock
A bizarre little treat, especially for fans of Herzog. The main talking point comes from the fact that almost all of the actors are hypnoised whilst playing… More
Marcus Woolcott
This is Herzog in schizophrenic mode. On the one hand, when he's letting the camera linger in documentary mode, the film is great. But in trying to work in… More