Drôle d'énergumène que ce Gene Scott, un prêcheur cathodique n'hésitant pas à engueuler les téléspectateurs s'ils n'envoyaient pas assez d'argent ! Nous assistons ici à des moments hauts en couleurs de son show, à des intermèdes musicaux célébrant Jésus, et à une interview révélant un homme assez tourmenté. Dommage que la caméra de Herzog reste trop statique (et lui, trop laconique) face à cette fièvre évangéliste !
I actually used to watch this guy's show a lot. It was on broadcast TV 24 hours a day here in San Francisco. I couldn't believe it. He would scream at the audience frequently, telling us that we owed him money, and if he got really angry he would just broadcast a shot of his empty chair for hours. At one point I set Pee-Wee Herman's anthropomorphised Chairry in front of the TV and filmed the chair watching the chair.
Give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves or so it should be. Without making accusations Werner Herzog exposes this man for who he is just by presenting him in his day to day life. Particularly revealing is when Dr. Scott says he is short $600 and goes ballistic trying to get viewers to donate.
Neutral is not an adjective that makes any sense in Herzog's cinema. When he makes a new film, he is commited, engaged, fully into what he wants to look at, find out. He is not a journalist. Honesty, intellectual, emotional that is one of the main virtues one finds in his work. And a focus on the human essence, an openness clear of preconceived notions. That's what makes this an interesting portrait. Worth watching.