• The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (1974)

The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner

Release Date: 1974

Not Yet Rated |45 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Werner Herzog

Director: Werner Herzog

Genres: Documentary

Keywords: 1970s, Fascinating, Competition, Quest

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