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The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974)

Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (original title)
A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

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Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog
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Walter Steiner ... Himself
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A study of the psychology of a champion ski-jumper, whose full-time occupation is carpentry.

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West Germany

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German | English | Slovenian

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1 January 1974 (West Germany) See more »

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The Great Ecstasy of the Sculptor Steiner See more »

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Oberstdorf, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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DEM72,000 (estimated)
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Wide World of Werner
22 November 2007 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Ecstasy is an interesting short documentary about champion ski jumper Walter Steiner made by Werner Herzog. In 45 minutes Herzog manages to reveal more about the feelings of the competitor and a sport than most documentaries twice its length do. Herzog's cameras capture both the grace and gruesomeness of the jump as Steiner meets with failure and success. Steiner is quite candid in assessing himself, revealing insecurities and doubts.

Herzog's cameras much of the time seem to be in the right place at the right time without being intrusive. He does however belabor the point with repetitive slow mo wrecks of the earth bound skiers.

Decades later this compact and uniquely informative sports documentary can hold its own with any made since then.


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