Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek

Collection Werner Herzog

At the end of 2009, the whole archive of the Werner Herzog Filmproduktion/Werner Herzog Film GmbH has been transferred to the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek. In the summer of 2012 many more documents had been handed over to extend and supplement the collection. All these documents give an in-depth look into the way of working of Werner Herzog as well as into production processes. The collection consists of more than 25.000 work- and set photos, extensive production documents, correspondence, agreements, scripts (partially with annotations) as well as props. Press clippings, posters, PR-material and playbills to feature- documentary- and short films and to opera staging and stage plays complete the production archive. The earliest documents date back to Werner Herzog's first feature film LEBENSZEICHEN (1968), the most recent to his TV-series DEATH ROW (2012).

The consigned documents and materials have been entered into the collection of the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek as permanent loan. The Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek takes over the "Collection Werner Herzog" in order to exploit the documents to become accessible for science and to leave them to posterity. The documents shall be made available to the general public by catalogues, publications, exhibitions, retrospectives and seminars.


Since 2013, the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek takes care of the distribution of 35/16mm prints of Werner-Herzog-Films. Therefore all print material has been handed over to the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek as well as all negative materials of image and sound. These original materials are stored at the Archive of the Bundesarchive in Koblenz, all positive print materials are with the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin.