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Fandor Secures Rights to 16 Classic Werner Herzog Films

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The world of German New Wave legend Werner Herzog is dark, beautiful, mysterious and unlike anything else. And though he’s only made one so-called “legitimate” horror film in 1979’s masterful NOSFERATU: PHANTOM DER NACHT, almost all of his remarkable body of work plays within the realms of the psychological and arcane, charting as they do the deterioration of extreme individuals. Especially when said films star the late madman Klaus Kinski…

Good news then for Herzog fans (this writer being a very serious one) that Fandor has announced that the company has secured exclusive streaming distribution rights to a collection of Werner Herzog films from Shout! Factory. The films are set to bow on the curated service beginning April 10th with a new film launching each week through July 2014.

From the press release:

 “Fandor is actively acquiring great filmmakers’ libraries, from shorts to docs to features, providing significant curation and deep context for their audiences while mobilizing all into an active community,” said Ted Hope, CEO of Fandor.  “The addition of Werner Herzog’s films furthers our mission to preserve and advance film culture by making important and oftentimes rare films accessible to wider audiences.”

Herzog’s films will be available alongside collections by noted filmmakers such as Hal Hartley, Albert Maysles, Luis Bunuel, Agnès Varda, and Andrei Tarkovsky, among others.

“Werner Herzog is one of the most lauded and influential filmmakers of the last forty-five years,” said Fandor Chief Content Officer Jonathan Marlow.  “His remarkable work have given us an insight into many of the most fascinating individuals and incredible stories in the world.”

The films making their debut on Fandor are:

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972)

Starring:  Klaus Kinski, Helena Rojo, Del Negro, Peter Berling

Spanish conquistadores disappear into the jungle without a trace while searching for the legendary El Dorado.

Ballad of the Little Soldier (1984)

Directed by Werner Herzog and Denis Reichle

A documentary film about child soldiers tragically caught up in the Miskito Indian resistance of Nicaragua.

Cobra Verde (1987)

Starring: Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy, Salvatore Basile, Peter Berling 

Based on the best-selling novel “The Viceroy of Ouidah” by Bruce Chatwin, Cobra Verde tells the fascinating story of Francisco Manoel da Silva. 

Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970)

Starring:  Helmut Döring, Gerd Gickel, Erna Gschwendtner 

Werner Herzog’s bleak vision of rebellion and the resulting mayhem in an institution.

Fata Morgana (1970)

Fata Morgana (“Mirage”) is a science-fiction elegy of dead or demented colonialism in the Sahara. 

Fitzcarraldo (1982)

Starring:  Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale, José Lewgoy, Peter Berling 

An opera aficionado’s determination to build an opera house in Peru leads to an ambitious effort to pull a boat over a mountain.

The Enigma of Kasper Hauser (1974)

Starring:  Bruno S., Walter Ladengast, Brigitte Mira

A mysterious foundling emerges from a dark cellar where he has spent his youth and, as if he had arrived from another planet, he has no concept of this world.  Based on a true story.

Heart of Glass (1976)

Starring:  Josef Bierbichler, Stefan Güttler, Clemens Scheitz, Volker Prechtel 

A figure has apocalyptic visions and foresees destruction and collective madness.

Land of Silence and Darkness (1971)

Featuring:  Fini Straubinger

The heroine of this documentary is a blind and deaf woman whose job is to help others similarly afflicted.

Lessons of Darkness (1992)

An apocalyptic vision of the oil well fires in Kuwait after the Gulf War as a whole world burst into flames.

Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997)

A documentary about the extraordinary capture and escape of the German/U.S. pilot Dieter Dengler in Laos.

My Best Fiend (1999)

A film about the love/hate relationship between Werner Herzog and actor Klaus Kinski.

Nosferatu: The Vampyre (Phantom der Nacht) (1979)

Starring:  Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani

An homage to F.W. Murnau’s silent classic, this richly-drawn version of the Dracula tale is one ofHerzog’s most beautiful and haunting films.

Stroszek (1976)

Starring:  Bruno S., Eva Mattes, Burkhard Driest, Prinz von Homburg 

The story of a man for whom there is no place in society and his attempts to find freedom and fortune in America.

Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

Starring:  Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Roy Marika, Ray Barrett, Norman Keye 

In a desolate stretch of earth somewhere in the heart of Australia, a group of tribal Aborigines struggle to defend a sacred site against the bulldozers of a mining company.

Woyzeck (1979)

Starring:  Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes

The powerful story of the poor soldier, Woyzeck, who is driven to madness and murder by the social conditions in which he lives.  Based on the stage play by Georg Büchner.

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God, will be the first to be offered on April 10, 2014 and the films will continue to roll-out on the service once a week into July 2014. And make sure you pay attention to the pages of FANGORIA for an exclusive upcoming interview with Herzog  about one of his most important films…

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Chris Alexander
Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.
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