Is Herzog a) simply bats-t insane or b) better at everything than you? I'll take c) All of the Above. Herzog's waxing poetic should give any aspiring artist pause and awe. Seeing what seems like otherworldly determination in spite of defeat, and the natural and cultural factors that would strike down a lesser man, is enough to make me want to also steal a camera and claim it was for the greater benefit of mankind.
It's about the making of Fitzcarraldo. But it isn't. It successfully manages to capture the essence of trying to achieve something grand, amidst the backdrop of dense jungle and with poignant messages on life outside the accepted bounds of human living. Herzog's dreamy, meandering speeches and commentary make this unforgettable.
herzog is my spirit animal but in a less obsessive form. the documentary is an ahab-esque story about a man willing to go to impossible lengths in order to bring his dream to life in one of the most inhospitable areas of earth. the whole thing seems almost a fever dream with herzog's commentaries that dance on the lines of absurdity, surrealism and deadpan humour.
En "Mi enemigo íntimo", Herzog menciona que por un momento pensó reencarnar al protagonista de su película "Fitzcarraldo". En "Burden of dreams", sin embargo, no se menciona eso. Ahora, eso da que repensar sobre la naturaleza de la película sobre un titánico barco cruzando la selva. ¿Fue la biografía de Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald o la del mismo Werner Herzog, obstinado por fundar un hito? Él siempre fue Fitzcarraldo.
When I came back to Germany and I tried to hold all the investors together... they said to me, "Well, how can you continue? Can you - Uh, do you have the strength or the will or the enthusiasm or so?" And I said, "How can you ask this question? It is - If I abandon this project, I would be a man without dreams... and I don't want to live like that. I - I - I live my life or I end my life with this project."
Herzog comes across as an Ahab-esque figure here. His monomania is admirable but terrifying. The same can be said for most artists, but the difference between most artists and film-makers is that film-makers drag a larger group of people down with them than any writer or painter could. At what point does ambition and drive become greed and selfishness? Herzog, more than most, straddles that line regularly.