The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner

The Great Ecstasy Of Woodcarver Steiner

1974 ‧ Sports/Documentary ‧ 45 mins

  • Initial release
    West Germany
  • Director
    Werner Herzog
  • Budget
    72,000 DEM
  • Screenplay
    Werner Herzog
  • Music composed by
    Popol Vuh
The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner Profiles
  • About

    Walter Steiner is a world-class ski jumper -- he won a silver medal in the 1972 Winter Olympics -- who works full-time as a carpenter. Over the course of his career, he manages to break every major record held in his sport, seemingly without effort. But, unlike other athletes, Steiner is calm and contemplative, choosing isolation over fanfare. For Steiner, the flight of the ski jumper, seen in this documentary in slow motion, is simultaneously a source of ecstasy and a way to face death. …

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    The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner - 1974 ‧ Sports/Documentary ‧ 45 mins
    The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner - 1974 ‧ Sports/Documentary ‧ 45 mins
    The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner - 1974 ‧ Sports/Documentary ‧ 45 mins
    The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner - 1974 ‧ Sports/Documentary ‧ 45 mins
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