Synopses & Reviews
An invaluable set of career-length interviews with the German genius hailed by François Truffaut as “the most important film director alive”
Most of what weve heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. The sheer number of false rumors and downright lies disseminated about the man and his films is truly astonishing. Yet Herzogs body of work is one of the most important in postwar European cinema.
His international breakthrough came in 1973 with Aguirre, The Wrath of God, in which Klaus Kinski played a crazed Conquistador. For The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Herzog cast in the lead a man who had spent most of his life institutionalized, and two years later he hypnotized his entire cast to make Heart of Glass. He rushed to an explosive volcanic Caribbean island to film La Soufrière, paid homage to F. W. Murnau in a terrifying remake of Nosferatu, and in 1982 dragged a boat over a mountain in the Amazon jungle for Fitzcarraldo. More recently, Herzog has made extraordinary "documentary" films such as Little Dieter Needs to Fly. His place in cinema history is assured, and Paul Cronins volume of dialogues provides a forum for Herzogs fascinating views on the things, ideas, and people that have preoccupied him for so many years.
This revised edition features new interviews discussing Herzogs films up to From One Second to the Next (2013), as well as additional text from Herzog, his collaborator Herbert Golder, physicist Lawrence Krauss, and filmmaker Harmony Korine.
An invaluable set of interviews with the German genius serves as a forum on Herzog's fascinating views, while dispelling false rumors and downright lies about the man hailed by Franois Truffaut as "the most important film director alive."
This text consists of a set of career-length interviews with the German genius once hailed by Francois Truffaut as "the most important film director alive". The dialogues provide a forum for Herzog's views on the things, ideas and people that have preoccupied him for so many years.
Filmography: p. 303-326.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-329) and index.
About the Author
Paul Cronin is a writer and filmmaker. He edited Roman Polanski: Interviews and writes for numerous publications, including Sight and Sound.