Werner Herzog, Bells from the Deep, 1993 (still); image: © Werner Herzog Film


Bells from the Deep with Pilgrimage

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017

5 p.m.

“Herzog’s… film segregates itself from cinéma vérité and strives to find a higher form of fact and truth, an essentially poetic one. So the lines between fact and fiction are blurred… Herzog does not hide behind his made-up truth, he advertises it, as it serves a higher purpose: it tells an ecstatic truth.”
— Ioana-Lucia Demczuk,
Senses of Cinema

“I wanted to get shots of pilgrims crawling around on the ice trying to catch a glimpse of the lost city, but as there were no pilgrims around I hired two drunks from the next town and put them on the ice. One of them has his face right on the ice and looks like he is in very deep meditation. The accountant’s truth: He was completely drunk and fell asleep, and we had to wake him at the end of the take.” — Werner Herzog on Bells from the Deep

Bells from the Deep screens with Pilgrimage, a film about the deep spirituality, religious fervor, and profound human suffering of pilgrims, following pilgrimages to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the tomb of Saint Sergei in Zagorsk/Russia, and several other places around the world.

Film Details

Bells from the Deep

Country: Germany/USA

Languages: English, Russian

Year: 1993

Running time: 60 min

Format: DCP

Director: Werner Herzog

Producers: Ira Barmak, Lucki Stipetic

Cinematographer: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein

Editor: Rainer Standke

Print Source: Werner Herzog Filmproduktion


Country: UK

Language: No dialogue

Year: 2001

Running time: 18 min

Format: DCP

Director: Werner Herzog

Producers: Lucki Stipetic

Cinematographer: Jorge Pacheco, Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein, Erik Söllner

Editor: Joe Bini

Print Source: Werner Herzog Filmproduktion

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