Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Heart of Glass Werner Herzog
Heart of Glass (1976)
Directed by Werner Herzog
This mythic, abstracted allegory aspires to an apocalyptic import, and scrapes it in the rapturously transcendent, Popul Vuh-scored digressions that open and close it. In between, the literally hypnotized actors inhabit the souls of a 19th-century Bavarian village, a dumb lot who smash steins on buddies’ heads, dance with cadavers, and stare and cackle stupidly, the town’s glass-making economy having been decapitated by the death of the holder of the precious “Ruby Glass” formula. Like much 70s Herzog, it’s often ponderous and unpleasant, admirably rattling your comfort zone when it’s not inviting you to soar over “a new Earth” in those glorious bookends. Justin Stewart (August 17, 21 at Lincoln Center, part of its Werner Herzog series)

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