Monday, 3 June 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 170: Wed Jun 19

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (Herzog, 1973): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.45pm

This film, part of the Werner Herzog season at BFI Southbank, also screens at the cinema on June 27th. See here for details.

Time Out review:
A film about flying in the face of death. In Steiner's case, the flying is literal: he is a champion ski-jumper, in Werner Herzog's view the best in the world because the most profoundly fearless. Convention would call this a 'documentary reportage', but convention would be wrong: the angle of approach is wholly unexpected, and Herzog's own participation as commentator/interviewer/hero-worshipper/myth-maker guarantees a really extraordinary level of engagement with the subject. Watch especially how he coaxes a truly revealing story about a pet raven out of a highly embarrassed Steiner in the closing moments. Herzog, a surrealist to the core, knows that the real world offers more fantastic phenomena than anything he can imagine.
Tony Rayns

Here is an extract.

The film is part of a double-bill with the 1976 doc How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck.

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