Herzog on Herzog

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Macmillan, 2002 - Performing Arts - 340 pages
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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 we’ve 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 Herzog’s 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 Cronin’s volume of dialogues provides a forum for Herzog’s fascinating views on the things, ideas, and people that have preoccupied him for so many years.
  

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User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

Werner Herzog has one of the most unique and refreshing approaches to life than almost any other public figure i can think of. The fact that he is a great success in his chosen fields affirms that ... Read full review

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User Review  - Valeriya - Goodreads

Great book, which contains interviews with one of the most interesting directors of all time. I found that in Herzog's life there was an episode which is very similar to the story that is told in ... Read full review

Contents

The Shower Curtain
1
z Blasphemy and Mirages
32
Adequate Imagery
65
Athletics and Aesthetics
101
Legitimacy
135
Woyzeck
142
Defying Gravity
166
The Work of Illusionists
201
Fact and Truth
238
The Song of Life
273
The Minnesota Declaration
280
Filmography
303
Bibliography
327
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Paul Cronin is a writer and filmmaker. He edited Roman Polanski: Interviews and writes for numerous publications, including Sight and Sound.

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