A visionary film (1976) that fails to cast a spell and so remains rather lifeless—a problem compounded by the fact that all the actors are performing under hypnosis. It must have seemed like a good idea at the time, and director Werner Herzog has brought off more idiosyncratic experiments than this. But the strategy adds little to the story—of a town that goes collectively insane when the secret of its local ruby glass industry is lost—except an overriding impression of heavy eyelids. In German with subtitles.