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Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin (2019)




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When legendary writer and adventurer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, he summoned his friend and collaborator Werner Herzog, asking to see his recent film about tribesman of the Sahara. In exchange, as a parting gift, Chatwin gave Herzog the rucksack he'd carried on his travels around the world. Thirty years later, carrying the rucksack, Herzog sets out on his own journey, inspired by their shared passion for the nomadic life. Along the way, Herzog uncovers stories of lost tribes, wanderers and dreamers. He travels to South America, where Chatwin wrote In Patagonia, the book that turned him into a literary sensation, with its enigmatic tales of dinosaurs, myths and journeys to the ends of the world. In Australia, where Herzog and Chatwin first met, Herzog explores the sacred power of the Aboriginal traditions which inspired Chatwin's most famous book, The Songlines. And in the UK, in the beautiful landscape of the Welsh borders, he discovers the one place Chatwin called home. Told in Herzog's inimitable style, full of memorable characters and encounters, the film explores the creative and personal vision he shared with Chatwin: a passion for the power of storytelling and desire to find insights into human experience among communities at the extremes.


Critic Reviews for Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Duplicating many of Chatwin's most notable journeys, Herzog evokes the late English wanderer's restless soul and curious fascination with profound issues that have long captivated the director.

May 2, 2019 | Full Review…
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A poignant testament to two friends' shared curiosity about the world.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The film is intimate and like I said before..small. However, in some ways, it's larger than life, just as both the director and its subject.

May 28, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Stylistically, it is fairly standard Herzog, but that standard is higher than most filmmakers' efforts anyway.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

Herzog packs a lifetime of material into this brief 89-minute documentary, and yet it never feels rushed.

May 28, 2019 | Full Review…

A tribute to the late writer, Herzog is not just giving him a moment in the sun, he's also explaining to the world just why he was important to him.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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