Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass

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Chicago Review Press, May 1, 2012 - Performing Arts - 224 pages
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"You know from seeing it that Herzog was up to something strange in filming Heart of Glass. Now the mystery is clarified. Alan Greenberg peers into the heart of darkness of the great artist." Roger Ebert Mesmerizing . . . as poetic and mysterious as the film itself. Jim Jarmusch This intimate chronicle of the visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog directing a masterwork is interwoven with Herzog s original screenplay to create a unique vision of its own. Alan Greenberg was, according to the director, the first outsider to seek him out and recognize his greatness. At the end of their first evening together Herzog urged Greenberg to work with him on his new film--and everything thereafter. In this film, Heart of Glass, Herzog exercised control over his actors by hypnotizing them before shooting their scenes. The result was one of the most haunting movies ever made. Not since Lillian Ross's classic 1950 book Picture has an Americanwriter given such a close, first-hand, book-length account of how a director makes a movie. But this is not a conventional, journalistic account. Instead it presents a unique vision with the feel of a novel--intimate, penetrating, and filled with mystery. Alan Greenberg is a writer, film director, film producer, and photographer. He is also the author of Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson. Werner Herzog is considered one of the world's greatest filmmakers. His books include Conquest of the Useless and Of Walking in Ice."
 

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Contents

The Sign at Thusis
19
The Gloom ofGloom
33
Outside Czechoslovakia
50
The Scenario
68
The Interrupted Death of Friedrich
76
The Soundman Haymo
89
The Diminishing Snake
103
Ludmilla
119
Sachrang
143
The Bluff
164
Visions of Great Skellig
179
Nothing to Declare
196
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Alan Greenberg is a writer, film director, film producer, and photographer. His film Land of Look Behind won the Gold Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival, and he has collaborated with Werner Herzog for more than 35 years, helping him write the screenplay of Fitzcarraldo, among others. He is also the author of Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Werner Herzog is considered one of the world's greatest filmmakers. His films include Aguirre, the Wrath of God; Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans; Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Encounters at the End of the World; The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser; Fitzcarraldo; Grizzly Man; The Wild Blue Yonder; and Woyzeck. His books include Conquest of the Useless and Of Walking in Ice. He lives in Los Angeles.

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