The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974)

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974)

Released: 1974
Genre: Biography, Documentary, Genre, Sport
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Walter Steiner, ,
Run time: 45 min
IMDb: 7.7/10
Country: West Germany
Views: 118786


A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.
User Reviews: A very moving portrait of a simple Swiss woodcarver who becomes the world’s best ski jumper. The man’s life, his motivation, his fears, his hopes: all beautifully relayed in this early masterpiece by Werner Herzog. Here we find a great tribute to Swiss honesty and depth. I know Swiss people who think and feel like Walter Steiner. And then there’s that unforgettable story in which Walter Steiner compares himself with a bird he had saved and raised in his youth, a bird he ultimately had to kill to save it from pain and the cruelty of its companions. Only Herzog can give us meditations of that kind. What is Walter Steiner doing these days?

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