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Heart of Glass - Summer with Herzog

In the 18th century, a Bavarian town gets into danger of decline when the master glass blower takes his ruby glass process into the grave. A film with actors under hypnosis and apocalyptic visions.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Heart of Glass

At the end of the 18th century, a Bavarian village slides into a depression after the sudden death of the master glass blower of the glassblowing works. Only he knew how to blow the brilliant red ruby glass, a secret he has now taken to his grave. The local Baron and factory owner becomes increasingly obsessed with the special glass. In his desperation he calls on the help of the seer Hias, asking him to use his gift to uncover the secret of the glass. Hias, however, has apocalyptic visions of fire, destruction, and madness. Panic breaks out among the villagers.

Remarkably, on Herzog's direction almost all of the actors were hypnotized before the shooting and saw their lines for the first time while under hypnosis. The resulting unsettling acting performances strongly contribute to the film's ominously dark atmosphere, foreshadowing the disastrous events of the 20th century.