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Thu, May 21, 2020 4:52 PM

How Werner Herzog continues to propel the documentary into an art form

Not too long ago, the documentary was viewed as a stale genre. All too often, the general public dismissed documentaries as being uptight, boring, and formulaic. Pretty much everyone over 30 remembers falling asleep in class to some treatise on how milk is made or how the pioneers ate nails and hardtack.

What happened then to change that perception? Documentaries are commonly touted as some of the best films of the year now by critics and the public alike. Part of this shift in opinion was due to films from documentarists like Werner Herzog, who shocked the world with his non-traditional takes on the genre...

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