Friday, 11 May 2012


The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (Ge. Die Große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner) is a 1974 documentary film by German filmmaker Werner Herzog. It is about celebrated ski-jumper Walter Steiner who works as a carpenter for his full-time occupation. Herzog has called it "one of my most important films."

The film includes footage shot in the German towns of Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, as well as Planica in Yugoslavia. 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. Also, the station required Herzog himself to appear on camera, which he had not typically done in his documentaries until this point.

Written,Produced,Narrated and Directed by Werner Herzog
Starring Walter Steiner,Werner Herzog
Cinematography Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Editing by Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
Music by Popol Vuh
Release date(s) 1974
Country West Germany
Language German/English
Budget DEM 72.000 (estimated)
Running time 45 min.

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