Photo of Werner Herzog Werner Herzog

A critically acclaimed art house director often linked with the new wave of German cinema, Werner Herzog was born outside of Munich in Sachrang, Germany, on Sept. 5, 1942.

His long career is marked by features with oddly fascinating subjects and characters -- for example, Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) is set in a prison populated entirely by dwarves and midgets -- but he's also well-known for his documentaries. My Best Friend (1999) explored the director's often tumultuous relationship with German actor Klaus Kinski, who starred in the Herzog masterworks Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972) and Fitzcarraldo (1982).

The documentary Grizzly Man (2005) also generated significant buzz by relaying the unimaginable fate of a grizzly bear activist who was killed by the same animals he worked his whole life to protect.

Werner Herzog in Lo and Behold

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

2016 PG-13

Directed by prolific documentarian Werner Herzog, this meditative examination of the history and future of the Internet features interviews with many of the experts whose insights and technological breakthroughs helped fuel the network revolution.

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  • Werner Herzog in What Dreams May Come What Dreams May Come
  • Werner Herzog in Happy People: A Year in the Taiga Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
  • Werner Herzog in Cave of Forgotten Dreams Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Werner Herzog in Aguirre: The Wrath of God Aguirre: The Wrath of God
  • Werner Herzog in Fitzcarraldo Fitzcarraldo
  • Werner Herzog in Rescue Dawn Rescue Dawn
  • Werner Herzog in Woyzeck Woyzeck
  • Werner Herzog in Stroszek Stroszek
  • Werner Herzog in Encounters at the End of the World Encounters at the End of the World
  • Werner Herzog in The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
  • Werner Herzog in Nosferatu the Vampyre Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • Werner Herzog in Grizzly Man Grizzly Man
  • Werner Herzog in Fata Morgana Fata Morgana
  • Werner Herzog in Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht Nosferatu: Phantom Der Nacht
  • Werner Herzog in Burden of Dreams Burden of Dreams
  • Werner Herzog in Room 666 Room 666
  • Werner Herzog in Cobra Verde Cobra Verde
  • Werner Herzog in The Unbelievers The Unbelievers
  • Werner Herzog in Invincible Invincible
  • Werner Herzog in My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
  • Werner Herzog in Even Dwarfs Started Small Even Dwarfs Started Small
  • Werner Herzog in Land of Silence and Darkness Land of Silence and Darkness
  • Werner Herzog in Heart of Glass Heart of Glass
  • Werner Herzog in Where the Green Ants Dream Where the Green Ants Dream
  • Werner Herzog in My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski
  • Werner Herzog in The Wild Blue Yonder The Wild Blue Yonder
  • Werner Herzog in The Grand The Grand
  • Werner Herzog in Mister Lonely Mister Lonely
  • Werner Herzog in Dark Glow / Little Soldier / Precautions Dark Glow / Little Soldier / Precautions
  • Werner Herzog in Signs of Life Signs of Life
  • Werner Herzog in Tokyo-Ga Tokyo-Ga
  • Werner Herzog in Wagner: Lohengrin: Staged by Werner Herzog Wagner: Lohengrin: Staged by Werner Herzog
  • Werner Herzog in Lessons of Darkness Lessons of Darkness
  • Werner Herzog in Little Dieter Needs to Fly Little Dieter Needs to Fly
  • Werner Herzog in Julien Donkey-Boy Julien Donkey-Boy
  • Werner Herzog in Incident at Loch Ness Incident at Loch Ness
  • Werner Herzog in The White Diamond The White Diamond
  • Werner Herzog in The Henry Rollins Show: Season 1 The Henry Rollins Show: Season 1
  • Werner Herzog in Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
  • Werner Herzog in Into the Abyss Into the Abyss