Little Dieter Needs to Fly (Germany, France, United Kingdom)

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

Little Dieter Needs to Fly

  • Werner Herzog

Synopsis

German-American pilot Dieter Dengler—a Vietnam war veteran—lives with a constant desire to fly. Today retired, secluded in his house, facing the camera, he evokes the memories of a life: his childhood in post-Second World War Germany—hunger, cold, defeat—his arrival in the United States, images of Vietnam where he fought for the army of a country that was not his. In 1997, Herzog created a portrait of this double dreamer, who, like him, knew the misery of a Germany defeated and punished by the international community. A Germany that he looks at as a kind of reflection of himself. As it is often the case with Herzog, looking at the other is a way of facing his own ghosts, of calling himself into question. Is it possible to reconstitute the fragmented memories of an entire generation broken by war? Is it even possible to erase the crimes inherited from one’s parents? Should one talk about this or instead dream of flying? Little Dieter Needs to Fly is an intimate portrait, which reveals the political complexity of a generation. A mirage. 

Elena López Riera

Length:  77'
Country:  Germany, France, United Kingdom
Year:  1997
Language(s):  English
VdR edition:  2019

Production

Lucki Stipetić
Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen
British Broadcasting Corporation
Arte

Photos

  • Little Dieter Needs to Fly - Image Catalogue

    Screenings

    Language(s):  English
    Subtitles:  French
    • Saturday 6 April 2019
    • 11:30