The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (German: Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner) is a 1974 documentary film by German filmmaker Werner Herzog. It is about Walter Steiner, a celebrated ski jumper of his era who worked as a carpenter for his full-time occupation. Showcased is Steiner's quest for a world record in ski flying, as well as the dangers involved in the sport. Herzog has called it "one of my most important films."
|The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner|
|Directed by||Werner Herzog|
|Produced by||Werner Herzog|
|Written by||Werner Herzog|
|Narrated by||Werner Herzog|
|Music by||Popol Vuh|
|Edited by||Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus|
|Distributed by||Werner Herzog Filmproduktion|
|Budget||DEM 72.000 (estimated)|
The film includes footage shot in the German towns of Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as well as Planica in Yugoslavia (now Slovenia). The film was made as part of a series for a German television station, which restricted in some ways the content. Herzog's original cut was 60 minutes long, but it was edited down to 45 minutes to fit in a one-hour television spot. The station also required Herzog himself to appear on camera, which he had not typically done in his previous documentaries.
- Herzog, Werner (2001). Herzog on Herzog. Faber and Faber. ISBN 978-0-571-20708-4.
- Brogan, Jacob (2018-02-19). "Werner Herzog's Genius 1974 Ski-Jumping Film Is a Sports Movie and Nature Documentary in One". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 2019-01-02.
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