Director: Werner Herzog

Director of Photography: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein

Costume Design: Gisela Storch

Year: 1979

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4 Replies to “Woyzeck”

  1. damn, when i first found this website, i really liked it, because it was.. well about the most important thing in movies – cinematography.
    but the latest entries.. jesus.. not one good composition in those awful movies.
    what about actual good cinematography again sometime? please? 🙂

  2. Sorry you feel that way, Ive been exploring some less traditionally beautiful films lately (the Herzog stuff is especially rough and ready), but I think there is merit to be found in all of these films.

    I promise I haven’t made a choice to focus on stuff you don’t like, it just happens to be both what I’m watching these days, and also what I’m able to get done (very busy working on my own films)

    Godfather II will be coming soon, as will Lola, which might be one of the most visually stunning films ever… these films tend to take a long time to edit together… hope I don’t loose you 🙂

  3. Woyzeck is beautiful. Look at the composition on the woman sitting at the table in front of the window, or the child playing with the reflection, or that amazing final tableau. That is incredible cinematography, in many ways more beautiful than traditionally perfect shots.

  4. An astonishing film. The single-take scenes are often a little dull but even more often the approach totally works. The same goes for the extremely stylized lighting…at times it feels as if the light is only just outside the shot; the crisp egdes of the shadows and the bright colours are quite jarring then. In the dark scenes however, such as the one with the fight in the cafe or with Woyzeck in his bed, it’s just a thing of picturesque beauty that fits the theme of alienation beautifully.

    Reitwein did stellar work for Herzog, I like how Herzog alternated between Reitwein and Thomas Mauch in the 70’s. The latter would do the projects where athletic and mobile camerawork was needed and the former worked with strong compositions and stylized images. Herz Aus Glas is Reitwein’s best in my opinion.

    And to the man behind the place: this is my go-to website when I need any pictures of films. Keep up the good work, this is truly an amazing resource and shows a lot of devotion to the art of cinematography and the love of cinema!

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