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Quite simply: one of the best movies ever made. There is a weird, once-in-a-lifetime alchemy at work here that has produced a profoundly human quasi-documentary portrayal of a deeply damaged outsider. Every scene has grace notes of astounding beauty. There is not a single other movie director who has captured the poetry of the individual and the world around him as well as Herzog has.
Ian Curtis killed himself after seeing this
Werner does it his way as always. Which is better getting your ass kicked by German thugs or getting it kicked by an American bank. What a choice!
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This movie ranks #83 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #162 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #625 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #839 in The New York Times's Book of Movies