Master film maker and hardcore human being, Werner Herzog interviewed:
I’m trying to find these rare moments where you feel completely illuminated. Facts never illuminate you. The phone directory of Manhattan doesn’t illuminate you, although it has factually correct entries, millions of them. But these rare moments of illumination that you find when you read a great poem, you instantly know. You instantly feel this spark of illumination. You are almost stepping outside of yourself and you see something sublime. And it can be something very average, some small thing that everybody overlooks. For example, in Grizzly Man, Timothy Treadwell filmed himself. He’s in the Starsky and Hutch mode and reenacts them and does something and he jumps and runs away and the camera is rolling. Twenty seconds later he returns as Starsky and Hutch and switches the camera off. And in these 20 seconds there is only reed grass wafting in the wind. And all of a sudden I notice something very big out there. An image that wanted its own existence. That’s so powerful and so strange and so illuminating that I had to show it in the film. And everybody overlooked it and I have to point it out. It’s something very, very strange and it can be the most insignificant, which all of a sudden acquires something deep and almost illuminating of your existence. You’re deep inside into the nature of things, into the abysses of the human soul.
Herzog made a film, Fitzcarraldo, about a man man who has a steamship hauled over a mountain in the Andes. And to dramatize this crazy story, he filmed a steamship over 30 tons being hauled over a mountain. People died.
Herzog on Herzog / edited by Paul Cronin – PN1998.3.H477 A3 2002
Cobra Verde / written and directed by Werner Herzog – V-F H476 cob DVD
Aguirre, the Wrath of God / a film by Werner Herzog – V-F H476 Agu DVD
Fitzcarraldo / directed by Werner Herzog – V-F H476 Fit DVD
My best fiend / directed and narrated by Werner Herzog – V-F H476 My DVD
Even dwarfs started small / written and directed by Werner Herzog – V-F H476 Nos DVD
Nosferatu the Vampyre & Phantom der Nacht / written, produced and directed by Werner Herzog
Encounters at the end of the world / directed, written and narrated by Werner Herzog
Stroszek / ein Film von Werner Herzog – V-F H476 Str DVD
Grizzly Man / directed and narrated by Werner Herzog – V-D H476 Gri DVD