Inner and deeper: Motifs of fiction in Werner Herzog's films

Chantal Poch

Abstract


The emphasis on the mix of facts and inventions has prevailed in the studies about Bavarian director Werner Herzog’s treatment of fiction, leading to the same result again and again: for Herzog, poetic truth is more important than factual truth. But how can we go beyond this conclusion? This paper will try to open an alternative path of analysis more adequate to his philosophy of filmmaking, one that works through the detection of visual and narrative motifs in his films, thus searching the impact of Herzog’s idea of fiction into his poetics.


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Werner Herzog; German Cinema; Motifs; Fiction; Ecstatic Truth

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2019.224

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