Ballad of a Righteous Merchant

Educational/Institutional use DVD.  Licensed for classroom, library and business use and currently within some now. (Limited PPR).  Get prices and information from The Video Project. Worldwide foreign sales via Gallico Media Consulting.

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Ballad of a Righteous Merchant is an intimate portrait of legendary, visionary filmmaker Werner Herzog at work, filmed during the making of My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, shot by that film’s co-writer, a close friend (of 30 years) and long-time collaborator (on 10 films). Unlike other films about Herzog, where he faces the camera and expounds, in his inimitable way, upon his views, this film provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the master at work, but also, because of the friendship and trust between Herzog and Golder, offers a deeply personal portrait of the man and a candid view of him at his craft, while at the same time exploring some of the most abiding and deepest themes of his films.

Cast and Credits

Produced, Written and Directed by Herbert Golder, featuring:

Werner Herzog

Peter Zeitlinger

Michael Shannon

Willem Dafoe

Chloë Sevigny

Michael Peña

Udo Kier

Grace Zabriskie

Brad Dourif

with music from Ernst Reijseger

Praise for Ballad of a Righteous Merchant

“A must-see for Herzog fans.” “DOCTALK,” by Peter Keough, The Boston Globe. Five films in the MA Independent Film Festival

“A stunning documentary film.” filmfocus, Warsaw; Brussels; Valencia; London; and Film: The Magazine, Milan; London; Nice; Madrid; Amsterdam; London

“Really enjoyable and insightful. Anyone who loves Werner’s films and interested in cinema, thinking and creation will love this.” Ramin Bahrani, filmmaker

“This is an amazing look at Werner Herzog by his longtime collaborator.” DocuWest Documentary Film Festival

“Top Ten Pick Of The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019” Film Inquiry

“15 Documentaries you cannot miss at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2019”

“A candid glimpse at Werner Herzog, The Ballad of a Righteous Merchant is a documentary all film fans should see.” Nottingham International Film Festival (Twitter)

“An intimate, unguarded journal of the styles, thoughts, and philosophies of…Werner Herzog.” American Film Award (Twitter)

Reviews and Interviews

“Art, incarceration, and Werner Herzog,” ABC The Drawing Room Interview, RN Drive, Melbourne, Australia, 7:15pm, July, 24 2019 (audio below)

“Interview with Herbert Golder, Director of Ballad of a Righteous Merchant,” by Peter Krausz, Movie Metropolis, WYN-FM, 88.9FM, Melbourne, Australia, Saturdays: 8pm to 10pm, July 20, 2019 (audio below)

Herbert Golder Interview, We Are Moving Stories, Melbourne, June 2019

Herbert Golder – Filmmaker Studios Interview (Video), Manchester Film Festival, March 2019

Herbert Golder Interview (Video), Manchester Film Festival, March 2019

Herbert Golder Interview (Video), Fusion North Europe International Film Festival, February 2019

Herbert Golder Interview (Video), Nottingham International Film Festival, November 2018

“DOCTALK,” by Peter Keough, The Boston Globe, August 9, 2018

Herbert Golder Interview (Video), Milan International Filmmaker Festival, December 2017

Festivals, Screenings and Awards

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