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Rescue Dawn trailer

If there’s one movie I’m looking forward to more than any other this year, it’s Rescue Dawn, by cinematic ubergenius Werner Herzog.

It’s a fictionalized version of the true story of Dieter Dengler, one of only three people ever to escape from a Viet Cong prisoner-of-war camp and survive in the jungle long enough to be rescued. Herzog made a documentary about Dengler called Little Dieter Needs to Fly and if you haven’t seen it, you really need to. I’m not even fucking kidding: you need to see it. It’s powerful and funny and mind-boggling, and it’s the kind of movie that makes you see the world differently. And if you have seen it, you’ll know why I’m so stoked about Rescue Dawn.

July 4, 2007. Limited release. Which had damn well better include Vancouver. Or I shall blog angrily about it.


  1. david wrote:

    Oo. And on my birthday no less. It shall be watched.

    But.. Herzog directs Christian Bale in a fictionalised version of the Dieter story? I haven’t seen any of his fiction films before.

    – d

    Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 5:50 am | Permalink
  2. Eric wrote:

    Herzog is as brilliant and original a fiction filmmaker as he is a documentarian. Actually, his fiction and docs are much more similar than you might think if you’ve only seen one or the other — he scripts large parts of his documentaries, and improvises large parts of his fiction films. And in both, you can see his disgust for calls ”academic cinema” and ”worn-out images.”

    I hope he keeps the army training film from Dieter. That was was hilarious.

    Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 9:31 am | Permalink