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Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
3:51 pm
so this is my second time posting about this documentary :P but i was wondering if anyone knows what song is used in the cliff scene. i added a you tube video so you can hear it:

any clues?
Friday, March 19th, 2010
8:35 pm
Is "The White Diamond" a fictional movie or a documentary?
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
11:02 am
Friday, April 18th, 2008
8:24 pm
New Herzog project - Piano Tuner?
I've been wondering what Herzog is up to, and it sounds like he has a fairly major project in the works, the adaptation of a novel called The Piano Tuner: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i281ae2fb9e8cf055436e1e53c9655ed8
Monday, May 21st, 2007
11:43 pm
It is not a significant interview....or it it?
‘Everyone freaked. I had no problem’
By Brigid Grauman

Published: March 16 2007 22:48 | Last updated: March 16 2007 22:48

In the 1970s the German film director Werner Herzog was a counter-culture favourite, a visionary filmmaker whose peers included Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Hans Jürgen Syberberg. But Fassbinder is dead now and Syberberg silent while Herzog is still going strong, his films continuing to attract a passionate following.

This was evident at a recent session at the Goethe Institute in Brussels where Herzog was answering questions after a screening. Several in the audience mentioned images that had stayed with them for years – the dancing chickens at the end of Stroszek (1977), the waving wheat in the first shots of The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1974). From Herzog’s responses, this kind of detailed, emotional reaction is what he not only likes but expects.

As a director, he says his quest is for those moments of “ecstatic truth” that have the impact of poetry. “It’s like an illumination, something that remains as an echo inside you,” he explains, using his hands, expressively, more like a Frenchman than a German.

We are in a fashionable Brussels restaurant, a former butcher’s shop that specialises in tripe and offal. Herzog had said he wanted to meet somewhere typically Belgian, so what to choose for a man who professes to live on the edge? Offal seemed appropriately reckless. Like the small Peugeot in which I picked him up from the hotel, the compact restaurant seems small for Herzog, a tall, rangy man with sloping, sad eyes.

He tucks his tattered grey hiking shoes under the table. I had made a point of noticing his footwear earlier because Herzog is known for undertaking extraordinarily long walks. He once went on foot to Paris from Munich to see a dying friend, the film historian Lotte Eisner, a journey he later wrote about in Walking on Ice, a short book published in 1974. “The mice, you have no idea how many mice you see when you walk through fields,” he says as he recalls the trek.

Though Herzog has tended to stand apart from his contemporaries, he did once organise a retrospective of Fassbinder’s work. “Fassbinder was always in an entourage of gay men. We would embrace each other rather roughly and stiffly but we were never close.”

When he isn’t travelling, Herzog, who has been married three times and has three children, now lives in Los Angeles. His half-brother Lucki works as his producer. “I’m good with money but my young brother is way better. Were I to become impoverished, it wouldn’t surprise or frighten me. I’ve never cared about possessions.”

He describes himself as a storyteller and a poet, and has directed more than 50 films, including documentaries, common to which is a vision of a world that is slightly skewed, with powerful landscapes peopled by characters who are driven by passion, obsession or their own form of integrity.

Aguirre, The Wrath of God (1972) is about a doomed quest for gold in the Amazon by 16th-century Spanish conquistadores led by Klaus Kinski, the actor who shared an often rocky relationship with Herzog during the five films they made together. Herzog’s heroes are creatures of extremes, such as the innocent man let loose in 19th-century Germany in Kaspar Hauser, the fevered visionary who wants to open an opera house deep in a South American jungle in Fitzcarraldo (1982), the isolated, aboriginal tribesmen of Where The Green Ants Dream (1984) or the American animal activist Timothy Treadwell in Grizzly Man (2005).

Herzog lifts his large, solemn head to explain that he isn’t drawn to excess but that it somehow just happens to find him. He recalls a surrealist moment last year in LA when a sniper shot him while he was being interviewed by the BBC. “The bullet – small calibre, it wasn’t a serious bullet – went through a catalogue that was in my pocket, so I wasn’t seriously hurt,” he says. “Everyone freaked out. I had no problem with it.” He has, he says gently shaking his head, a singular capacity for attracting violent events.

Recently, while filming in Antarctica for a television documentary, a snowmobile flipped over on top of him. “Strong bones,” he says with satisfaction at surviving unscathed. “My attitude has always been that certain events cannot be covered by insurance.”

Herzog’s shoots are, legendarily, attended by mishaps, drama, death and accidents. As he relates with theatrical relish a series of anecdotes about how film crews regularly rebel and the producer of a recent film threatened to vomit because he so loathed the film they had made, Herzog clearly has a taste for histrionics, He does admit, though, that, in reality, most shoots go smoothly and his crews respect him.

The director is supremely sure of his talents, saying he knows that his films will ultimately be recognised for their true worth. “In 400 years, I’ll overtake Terminator,” he says. Rebellious crews who refuse to work? “I just tell them to go and have lunch.”

Herzog’s biography does have a certain mythic dimension. For a start, his real name isn’t Herzog. He was born Werner Stipetic 64 years ago but abandoned his Croatian mother’s name for Herzog, which means duke in German, “like Duke Ellington. My nom de guerre.”

His films constitute his “dream biography”, he says. Over the past 15 months these dreams have involved him working on four movies, among them Rescue Dawn, the story of Dieter Dengler, a German-born American pilot shot down over Laos in 1966 during the Vietnam war. Dengler later escapes after being held prisoner under horrifying conditions.

Herzog says he’s not interested in politics, the Vietnam war or America’s position in the world. “It’s not a war story, more a Joseph Conrad vision of the test and trial of men,” he says of the film. Dengler, who died in 2001, was also the subject of Herzog’s 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs To Fly , and is clearly a man much after Herzog’s heart. Both have strong survival skills and neither grew up with a father: Dengler’s was killed during the second world war while Herzog’s walked out on the family when Herzog was a baby.

The lack of a father figure, says Herzog with a hearty laugh, was, in fact, a blessing. “I thank God on my knees that there was no commander around telling us what to do.” Fatherlessness also has symbolic resonance for an artist born at the end of the war, a child of a “lost generation”, as Herzog puts it. “My big brother and I were men at 13,” he says, “we could have raised families.”

“Dieter combines everything I like most about American people,” says Herzog, polishing off a plate of yellowish tripe. “He represents loyalty, the frontier spirit, perseverance, optimism and self-reliance.” Sipping Beaujolais, Herzog becomes sternly critical of what he feels are German character traits, even though he remains sentimentally attached to his Bavarian roots. He says he felt intense joy when the Berlin Wall came down in late 1989 but believes that within eight days the German people had turned from a state of euphoria to “a culture of complaint”.

These complainers, says Herzog, “clamour for the state to assist them”, and are a different breed from his mother. When, for instance, a bomb hit a neighbour’s house in Munich in 1944 and the two-year-old Werner’s cot filled with bricks, rubble and dust , she immediately moved her family to a village in the Bavarian Alps. The family experienced great poverty; Herzog says he loathed every second of school. “I hated everything about it. My hatred was so deep that I understand the Columbine school massacre in Colorado,” he says earnestly.

He grew up fast, working night shifts as a welder to finance his first film in 1961 while still studying at school. He travelled to Africa shortly afterwards, where he ran into trouble with marauding soldiers. For a while he had wanted to be a ski-jumper until a close friend had a terrible accident when the two of them were alone in the mountains. “But while the dream lasted, it was like flying, six seconds airborne when you step outside your humanness. You sense how a frisbee sails.” His 1974 film about the ski-jumping champion Walter Steiner conveys some of that sense of exhilaration.

If he were to identify with any figure from German history, it wouldn’t be a romantic or an expressionist but the maverick 15th-century theologian Martin Luther. I quote a phrase by Montaigne, about wanting to die while tending his garden, which seemed apt for a workaholic like him. He dismisses that gruffly, saying he has a much better quote from Luther. When asked “what would you do if the world were to disappear tomorrow in a cataclysm”? Luther apparently replied, “I would plant a tree.” Optimism? “Absolutely not.” Defiance? “No. It’s just a wonderful answer,” he says.

Herzog has a fondness for dictums which he says are born of lifelong experience. “Those who watch television, lose the world,” he warns, “and those who read, gain it.” The late travel writer Bruce Chatwin, with whom he had “a cautious but very substantial friendship”, quoted with approval Herzog saying, “Tourism is sin, walking is virtue” and made it his own motto at the end of his life. On his deathbed, Chatwin gave Herzog his battered leather rucksack and Herzog now takes it along with him on all his long walks.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
9:43 pm
Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
Saw Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. on TiVo. Very disturbing. I find Errol Morris hypnotic, though, I cant turn away from any of his movies.

..and in that spirit give you a Chaplinesque tribute to Morris..Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe in three parts

if you really want parts 2 and 3.. go here. I know YouTube was removing alot of copyrighted material...but this is still up there


xposted to my journal squid_ink

Current Mood: very Werner today
Sunday, October 8th, 2006
5:51 pm
Herzog goes to The Grand
A remarkable and in-depth interview with Werner on the set of Zak Penn's forthcoming film The Grand, in which he plays a sadistic poker player known only as The German. Herzog talks about his two films as an actor with Penn, and much more besides.

Includes reflections on the success of Grizzly Man, the growing number of DVDs of his films on the market, The Wild Blue Yonder, Christian Bale and Rescue Dawn, the new wave of documentaries, some of Herzog's favourite recent films, and forthcoming projects - of which he says, excitingly, that there are scores and scores on the starting blocks...

Current Mood: mellow
Saturday, August 12th, 2006
10:28 pm
Grizzly Man on Discovery
For those who haven't seen it and for those who can't get enough of Mr. Chocolate's poop, Grizzly Man will be shown on the Discovery Channel tomorrow, August 13, at 2pm Eastern/1pm Central. Last time it was shown, Discovery ran a short documentary afterward so that Treadwell's friends could give their own portrait of him and discuss the minor problems they had with Herzog's depiction.
Saturday, July 29th, 2006
8:39 pm
Photo search
I've wanted this famous photo printed on a t-shirt for years, but this is the largest slide that I've been able to find.
Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
I don't have enough money to purchase the large scale file of the photo from Herzog's site.
If someone has access to a large version of this pic, and is willing to post or e-mail it, i would be very appreciative.

Thank you
A diehard Herzog fan
Saturday, July 22nd, 2006
12:22 am
Herzog news
According to the following article, Herzog just received a grant to finance a trip to Antarctica. He will be there five weeks with a cinematographer to film footage for a documentary. Check out the sixth and seventh paragraphs:

Saturday, July 1st, 2006
10:43 am
just because

artist: popol vuh
album: nosferatu (1979) ost

unfortunatly, i noticed taht my favorite piece of music from the film (aside from "on the way", i suppose...) is missing here. it was the piece that's laying while lucy is going through the town square and all the sick people are partying.
does anyone happen to know if that was a seperate piece of music, not written by popol vuh? if so , what the hell is it so i can find it?
Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
2:49 am
i did a google image search for bruno s. and this came up.

that really is him, isn't it. i've been wondering what he's been doing since being in the films, and apperently just the same old same old!

here's something else. in french.
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
11:00 pm
Lucid Screening

Hey guys, this is a new film review site that my friends and I recently started. We discuss old films, new films, directors, and whatever else pertaining to film we feel like talking about. We think we provide a fresh perspective on cinema beyond banal comments like "the story was good" and that's why we felt like our site would be a worthy addition to all the film sites that already exist. We hope you'll give us a chance and agree. Sorry in advance for the x-posting.

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006
5:23 pm
Trailer and production stills from Herzog's new movie, Rescue Dawn. Lookin really good. I hope they keep the part of the story where Dieter sees his father when he's on the run in the jungle.
Tuesday, February 7th, 2006
7:58 am
Herzog Shot During Interview

By WENN|Friday, February 03, 2006

HOLLYWOOD - German director Werner Herzog was shot by a crazed fan during a recent interview with the BBC.
The 63-year-old was chatting with movie journalist Mark Kermode about his documentary Grizzly Man, when a sniper opened fire with an air rifle.

Kermode explains, "I thought a firecracker had gone off.

"Herzog, as if it was the most normal thing in the world, said, 'Oh, someone is shooting at us. We must go.'

"He had a bruise the size of a snooker ball, with a hole in. He just carried on with the interview while bleeding quietly in his boxer shorts."

An unrepentant Herzog insisted, "It was not a significant bullet. I am not afraid."

Article Copyright World Entertainment News Network All Rights Reserved.

found at www.hollywood.com (someone linked me to this, but I'm sure you can do a search for Herzog to find the article)

Current Mood: amused
Sunday, February 5th, 2006
1:26 am
Herzog to the rescue!
Werner Herzog rescues Joaquin Phoenix from a car crash: " On January 26, 2006, Herzog helped to rescue actor Joaquin Phoenix when his car overturned after a brake malfunction on a winding road in Laurel Canyon, near Herzog's home. As Phoenix described it: "I remember this knocking on the passenger window. There was this German voice saying, 'Just relax.' There's the air bag, I can't see and I'm saying, 'I'm fine. I am relaxed.'"Finally, I rolled down the window and this head pops inside. And he said, 'No, you're not.'"
Friday, February 3rd, 2006
1:01 pm
Tonight, 8pm, Discovery Channel (both Canada & US), Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man. With extra content.
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
12:16 am
Herzog takes home awards
According to IndieWire, Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man and The White Diamond were chosen by the New York Film Critics Circle as the best documentaries of 2005.
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