Short films by Werner Herzog

Short films by Werner Herzog

DVD - 2008 | German
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Its brother against brother, citizen against citizen, soldier against soldier--in a war for the soul of America

All across the nation, well-equipped militias are training for war. They know the hated Federals will be attacking, hell-bent on taking away their guns and their freedom. On the other side, the government knows the militias will be ready to fight to the death for their independence, their land, and their family values. At the next Ruby Ridge, both sides are bringing an army.

Leading the federal forces is General Douglas Freeman, the hard-nosed, flamboyant soldier who commanded American forces during WW III. When war breaks out, Freemans B-52s bomb militia positions in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. Militia and government forces square off in a massive tank battle in the Alvord Desert of southeastern Oregon. The oil fields of Bakersfield, key railroad links in Wyoming, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, are all targets of militia sabotage. Freeman launches the 82nd Airborne in a headlong attack on militia forces gathered near Mount St. Helens. At the mouth of the Columbia River on the Washington-Oregon Border, the two armies fight a climactic battle for the four-mile-long Astoria bridge.

SHOWDOWN is the heart-pounding scenario of a war that could be coming . . . a war in which both sides possess the most advanced and terrifying weapons in the history of combat. . . .

From the Paperback edition.
Publisher: [United States?] : New Yorker Video, c2008.
ISBN: 9781567304916
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jun 25, 2014

The Dark Glow of the Mountains (1985) - Amazing documentary about extreme mountain climbers that is a real eye-opener as to just how dangerous their "hobby" is. The photography is amazing, and the film as a whole does a fantastic job of getting the viewer as close of a look at this kind of mountain climbing as any normal person is likely to get.

Ballad of the Little Soldier (1984) - Fascinating (if a bit overlong) look at the children soldiers of a Central American indian ethnic group. I thought a more objective tone would have served the film better--the assistant director's story about how the child soldiers were just like the Hitler youth, while spot on, brought an unwelcome moralization to the narrative.

Precautions Against Fanatics (1969) - I've said it before, Germans should really stay out of "Komedy". There are a few grand Herzogian ideas coming from the cast's monologues, but overall this attempt at humor was pretty much just plain awkward and incomprehensible.


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