Anastasiya Maksymchuk

Abstract

This work researches combination of documentary and fictional elements in the films by Werner Herzog. It talks about reasons why the author has made his artistic decisions and what effects it created for audience perception.

The later chapters find a connection between Herzog`s approach and the postmodern comprehension of reality, ideas on the notion of truth and how truth should be understood in the field of cinema. I discover how and why boundaries between fiction and documentary become looser and more blurred in the postmodern age and trace similar revelations in Herzog`s oeuvre.

The aim of the final part of the thesis is to analyze "Lessons of Darkness", the film by Werner Herzog, where the director used documentary images but gave them an invented, fictional meaning.

Finally, I conclude how this cross-genre approach affects audience and why it has become so relevant in the postmodern age.

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