ONE OF HERZOG'S FUNNIEST & A GREAT INTRO TO THE MUSIC
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I almost can't believe that GESUALDO is out on DVD. This is one of Herzog's funniest documentaries. I'd never heard of Gesualdo before, but the film made me a huge fan of his music. He led a crazy life and made some hauntingly beautiful polyphony--all of it is shown with the expected immediacy and weird humor by master filmmaker Werner Herzog."
Herzog at his quirkiest
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The subject matter that Herzog had to play with fed straight into his sense of the absurd. Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices starts off as a straight-up documentary about a demented renaissance composer, but Herzog's twists are what make it memorable. Strange characters appear in Gesualdo's ruined castle. People begin to speak straight into the camera at odd moments. And Herzog's fine eye for the peculiar is at it's best here. His use of technology throughout the film is interesting."
As funny as "Spinal Tap," but subtler
M. Cleveland | Albuquerque, NM USA | 05/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This great little presentation by Herzog has cousins in "Spinal Tap" and "F is for Fake" in that it purports to be a documentary about an artist, but is much more about myth-making and what we choose to believe about an artistic life. That 16th century Italian master Gesualdo was Axel Rose on steroids only adds to the fun. Everything is presented at face value: everybody interviewed or "encountered" in the course of the film takes themselves completely seriously as they recount the most stupefying parts of the Gesualdo myth, which of course only serves to make those incredible stories that much more believable. Underpinning and underscoring it all is the weirdly unsettling, disorienting music created by one of the most original geniuses ever in Western music. Of course, there are parallels here with Herzog himself and the director makes sure you know that HE is thinking of those. In short, a fabulously entertaining, genuinely funny, informative, and beautifully made and layered film. I try to see it at least once a year."