Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog (German pronunciation: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born Werner Herzog Stipetić,[1] 5 September 1942 in Munich) is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and opera director.

He is often considered as one the greatest figures of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Wim Wenders and others. His films often feature heroes with impossible dreams,[2] people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who find themselves in conflict with nature.[3]

Legendary french filmmaker François Truffaut is once called Herzog, "the most important film director alive."

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Personal life

Herzog was born Werner Herzog Stipetić (pronounced [ˈstɪpɛtɪtʃ]) to Dietrich Herzog[citation needed] and Elizabeth Stipetic in Munich. His family moved to the remote Bavarian village of Sachrang (nestled in the Chiemgau Alps), after the house next to theirs was destroyed during the bombing at the close of World War II.[4] When he was 12, he and his family moved back to Munich. His father had abandoned the family early in his youth. Werner would later drop his Croatian mother's surname for the German "Herzog", translated as "duke."

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