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The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner: A Film By Werner Herzog

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Not your typical sports documentary. 

It’s a 45 min TV documentary from 1974, directed by Werner Herzog. The film starts with slow motion footage of Walter Steiner on a ski-jump, flying through the air as if suspended in time to ethereal music by Herzogs long time collaborators, German group, Popol Vuh. It’s not your average sports personality documentary, and that’s part of the charm.

I recently watched Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams and thought it was good.  But it didn't leave me with an urge to watch more of his films... left me with the feeling of stopping and smelling those flowers, more than I actually wanted to. 

You don't want to stop and smell flowers much?

Sure, I do... just not to the extent of Herzog. 

He's overly effusive?

Or you're just more measured?

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