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Little Dieter Needs to Fly


Little Dieter Needs to Fly


CATALOGUE TEXT
“Oh oh, this feels a little bit too close to home,” Dieter Dengler says into the camera when a few young Lao men tie up his hands again in the country of his torturers. Herzog sends his protagonist, who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War and spent six months in prison under inhuman conditions, on a psycho trip of a different kind. The film became a strategic model for working with re-enactments, for example in “The Act of Killing” (2012) by Joshua Oppenheimer, co-produced by Herzog. Herzog himself re-made the material into a feature film starring Christian Bale.

Kristina Jaspers
Credits
Original Title: Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Country: Germany, UK, France
Year: 1997
Language: English, German
Subtitle: German
Runtime: 77 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Werner Herzog
Producer: Lucki Stipetić
Cinematographer: Peter Zeitlinger
Editor: Rainer Standke
Sound: Josh Rosen
Narrator: Werner Herzog, Dieter Dengler
Script: Werner Herzog
Cast: Dieter Dengler, Werner Herzog, Eugene Deatrick
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