In 1997, Werner Herzog
made Little Dieter Needs to Fly
, a documentary about Dieter Dengler, an
airman who was shot down over Laos during the Viet Nam war. Dengler was held captive, tortured, and later escaped, and
the film tells his story by taking him back to the site of his experiences. The memory of Dengler clearly stuck with
Herzog, because he's now made Rescue
, a fiction version of the story that stars Christian
. The film isn't due for release in the US until March (oddly, given Herzog's international stature, it's
been picked up in the US), but Gibraltar Films released a short trailer this weekend - yep, it looks
I'm a massive Herzog fan, but I'm try to temper my expectations for this one - though 2005 has been a
great year for him because of the success of Grizzly Man
the two other
highly praised documentaries that hit the US this year, his recent fiction films have just not been very good.
Hopefully Rescue Dawn
will be a turning point rather than just another disappointment.