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Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛʁnɐ ˈhɛʁtsoːk], né Stipetić; born on 5 September 1942) is a German film director, screenwriter, author, actor, and opera director, regarded as a pioneer of New German Cinema. His films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals in conflict with nature. He is known for his unique filmmaking process, such as disregarding storyboards, emphasizing improvisation, and placing the cast and crew into similar situations as characters in his films. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Werner Herzog has received more than 8,310,744 page views. His biography is available in 59 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 60 in 2019). Werner Herzog is the 57th most popular film director (down from 56th in 2019), the 359th most popular biography from Germany (up from 360th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Film Director.

Werner Herzog is a German filmmaker who is most famous for his films and documentaries. His most famous works are Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Grizzly Man (2005).

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Among film directors, Werner Herzog ranks 57 out of 1,581Before him are Takeshi Kitano, William Wyler, Brian De Palma, Sydney Pollack, Roger Vadim, and Theo Angelopoulos. After him are Isao Takahata, Robert Zemeckis, Oliver Stone, Stephen Hillenburg, Yasujirō Ozu, and Agnès Varda.

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Among people born in 1942, Werner Herzog ranks 28Before him are Brian Jones, Brian Wilson, Dino Zoff, Michael Haneke, Calvin Klein, and Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. After him are Ian McShane, John Wayne Gacy, Javier Solana, Giorgio Agamben, Ehud Barak, and José Eduardo dos Santos.

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Among people born in Germany, Werner Herzog ranks 359 out of 6,142Before him are Georgy Lvov (1861), Martin Waldseemüller (1470), Franz Halder (1884), Friedrich Olbricht (1888), Walther Bothe (1891), and Johann Friedrich Struensee (1737). After him are Gregor Strasser (1892), Rudolf Carnap (1891), Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791), Paul Hausser (1880), Bruno of Cologne (1030), and Theodor Heuss (1884).


Among film directors born in Germany, Werner Herzog ranks 5Before him are Leni Riefenstahl (1902), Wim Wenders (1945), Michael Haneke (1942), and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945). After him are F. W. Murnau (1888), Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Wolfgang Petersen (1941), Roland Emmerich (1955), Volker Schlöndorff (1939), Max Ophüls (1902), and Robert Siodmak (1900).