Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin

Werner Herzog pays tribute to his peripatetic friend

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If you must be given a crash course in the life and works of the late explorer and author Bruce Chatwin, there’s nobody better than his good friend, Werner Herzog, to teach it – especially if you’re a fan of Herzog’s work as well.

Poster for the documentary Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce ChatwinBut if you’re not? Well, this is where you channel their adventurous spirits and submerge yourself in the stories and experiences that came to define Chatwin’s legacy.

Before succumbing to AIDS in 1989, the In Patagonia author gave Herzog his rucksack. Now, 30 years later, the director uses it as a gateway into storytelling, taking it with him as he revisits the worlds Chatwin found so fascinating, as well as worlds of those who populated Chatwin’s own life.

Author of In Patagonia, Bruce ChatwinIt is Herzog’s personal relationship with the explorer that makes Nomad: In The Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin especially compelling. Sharing his own experiences of exploration, of Chatwin and of filmmaking (in addition to tales of the nomadic cultures both men were so drawn to), Nomad paints the picture of a man who was complex, complicated, talented and unparalleled. And perhaps above all, very loved.

-- Anne T. Donahue, Globe and Mail

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