Cinema: Grave New World

EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF AND GOD AGAINST ALL

Directed and Written by WERNER HERZOG

Can François Truffaut really have said, as the ads claim, that Werner Herzog is "the most important living director of our time"? It must be either a practical joke or an act of untoward largesse.

It turns out to be neither—just a misquote which, Truffaut states politely, "will no longer appear." Every Man for Himself and God Against All does recall Truffaut in the same way that a color-by-the-numbers painting recalls Cézanne. Based on the history of a young man who...

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