DREAMERS AND WANDERERS: ROMANTIC TOPOGRAPHY OF WERNER HERZOG’S AND WIM WENDERS’ CREATIVE ACTIVITY — REVIEW OF MAGDALENA KEMPNA-PIENIĄŻEK’S BOOK
The author of the discussed book looks for the romantic tracks in the films of two German directors. Kempna-Pieniążek refers to the concept of rational romanticism, treated as an unfi nished project of Western civilization. The background of her work is the historical and social context of creating Herzog’s and Wenders’ movies. However, the most important is for the researcher finding in the works of German artists the clues of romantic world outlook, which disclose in appealing to the categories of romantic irony, rebellion, melancholy, the constant one’s wayfaring, anti-civil and anti-rational discourse. The book, written clearly and substantially, is divided into seven chapters. Kempna-Pieniążek with humanistic sensitivity and inquisitiveness proves the wondrousness of film journeys of Herzog and Wenders, for whom in a quickly changing reality the most important still remains the man.
Translated by Grzegorz Małecki