Over a career spanning nearly 50 years, the German filmmaker Werner Herzog, 73, has managed to gracefully pivot from outrageous and eccentric narrative films (“Aguirre: Wrath of God,” “Fitzcarraldo”) to poignant and poetic documentaries (“Cave of Forgotten Dreams”). Now, Mr. Herzog has set his eye on the internet, or what he calls “the thing.”
A chorus of outrage followed the release on Thursday of the first trailer for The Great Wall, a fantasy adventure set in China more than 1,000 years ago, which stars the white Hollywood star Matt Damon in the lead role.
In Valley of Love, the new film from French director Guillaume Nicloux, Gérard Depardieu heaves his massive, sweating bulk around in the searing heat of Death Valley in eastern California, where temperatures regularly top 49C (120F). Perched on the edge of the Mojave desert, and notoriously among the hottest, driest places on the planet, Death Valley would appear to be one of the most hostile environments possible to make a film. Even if you don’t – as Depardieu has admitted doing – chug more than a dozen bottles of wine a day.