One of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema and one of the most extreme personalities in film, Werner Herzog quickly gained recognition not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in the Film history, but for pushing himself and his crew to absurd and unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. Born Werner Stipetic in Munich on September 5, 1942, Herzog came of age in Sachrang, Bavaria, amid extreme poverty and destitution. After Herzog turned seventeen, a German film producer optioned one of his screenplays, then promptly destroyed the contract when he discovered the author’s age. Circa 1962, 20-year-old Herzog enrolled in the University of Munich as a history and literature student, and produced his first motion picture, the twelve minute Herakles, his second short Game in the Sand, and his third, the pacifist tract The Unprecedented Defense of Fortress Deutschkreuz.In 1963, he established his own production… read more
Cinematic experience with Werner Herzog is like catching a glimpse into the authenticity of the living.
Yesterday was supposed to be a typical day at the Getty Museum in LA. Upon arrival I stumbled upon an installation called HEAR SAY OF THE SOUL by Werner Herzog. Five projectors, 180 degrees, & his cellist collaborator's music emanating all around. If you think I was in heaven, I was---and even deeper when I discovered that both Herzog & cellist were to be speaking that very evening; ECSTASY & DREAMS MANIFEST!