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Though he turns 78 next week, Herzog continues to crank out 1-2 high quality films yearly.  I rather liked Family Romance LLC, which dropped on streaming services in July.  Nomad, which is now dropping, is my favorite film of his since Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and my first 5-star film of the year.

It's a good and gentle film, and Lord knows we can use some goodness and kindness right about now.  In his portrait of friend and kindred spirit Bruce Chatwin, a novelist and travel writer I'd not heard of before, we see more of Herzog than we typically do.  The film is also something of a summation of Herzogian tenets: you grow as a human by seeing the world slowly (walking), the truth as molded by a storyteller is more honest than an accountant's recitation of dry facts, living well enables you to die well, etc.

If there's a silver lining for the arts in this pandemic, it's that more and more art films are including Q&As with their rentals, which has been the case with both Herzog films.

Here's my full review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2020/08/nomad-werner-herzog-in-the-footsteps-of-a-late-friend-and-kindred-spirit/

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa


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