Heart of Glass

Last night I watched a German film from 1976: Herz aus Glas (Heart of Glass.) It had subtitles, but much of the language I could make out, hearing the words behind and ahead of the blurry written text. After decades, I finally found this movie that has a mythic weirdness like few others. The director, Werner Herzog, claimed that he hypnotized the cast every day before shooting. Certainly some of them look like they're under a spell. The movie is slow, highly irrational, dreamy, and virtually plotless. And though at times I was bored, it still had a big impact on me. Heart of Glass woke something in me: German language, a 1970s recreation of the nineteenth century, mystic kraut-rock soundtrack by Popul Vuh, and mesmerism. Not a great film, but an opening in my mind.

5 comments:

KrazyKristin said...

Hi, my names Kristin. I know this is a long shot but ive been trying to find an author named Th. Metzger (Leander Watts) and I found a link that sent me here. Are you Him? Sorry for bothering you!

Th. Metzger said...

Yes, I'm Th. Metzger.

No bother. Question?

KrazyKristin said...

Oh my god! I've been wanting to talk to you since I was about 16 (so 6 years). Ive been wanting ask about a book you wrote called Beautiful City of the Dead. Where was it based? I lived in new York when I read it and I dont remember it saying where it was based in but I remember a scene where they described something I recognized. Thank you so much for replying!

Th. Metzger said...

Feel free to send me an e-mail: tmetzger@brockport.edu

The short answer is: Beautiful City of the Dead is set in my home town: Rochester. I got the title from a 19th century poem about the wonderful cemetery here: Mt. Hope. Much of the other detail is here too, though I never mention the city by name.

KrazyKristin said...

Oh I knew it! I was living in Rochester at the time I read it and in the book you mentioned a bridge with a sculpture that I recognized! I cant believe it! I was so happy when I read that book and thinking it was based there in Rochester was awesome. Thank you so much! I've been trying to find out since I read it years ago but could never actually find out who you were, sorry if that sounds weird. Thank You for replying to me!