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Walker Reader

Werner Herzog

Considered a top figure in New German Cinema, Werner Herzog is a director, screenwriter, author, and actor. A prolific filmmaker, his works traverse fiction (Nosferatu the Vampyre, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, others) and nonfiction (Lessons of Darkness, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, Grizzly Man, Into the Abyss, others). Hailed by François Truffaut as "the most important film director alive," he shared his manifesto on documentary cinema at the Walker Art Center in April of 1999. The Minnesota Declaration: Truth and Fact in Documentary Cinema is a much-cited and -debated resource for filmmakers.