Werner Herzog, globetrotter – the map

Is Werner Herzog cinema’s most travelled director? From the heat of the Sahara and the jungles of South America to the frigid extremes of Siberia and Antarctica, explore our map of the great German filmmaker’s most far-flung locations.




From his feature debut, 1968’s Signs of Life, filmed on the Greek island of Kos, to big-budget latter-day dramas like Rescue Dawn (2006), set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, and The Bad Lieutenant (2009), set in post-Katrina New Orleans, Werner Herzog’s fictional dramas have truly spanned the globe.



Drawn to the extremities of life in remote places, Herzog has taken his camera the world over to document everything from Russian mystics in the wilds of Siberia (1993’s Bells from the Deep) to the bleak existence shared by penguins and scientists alike in Antarctica (2007’s Encounters at the End of the World). Also included here are inimitable works like Fata Morgana (1971) and Lessons of Darkness (1992), which merge the boundaries of fact and fiction.

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