Werner Herzog appears in the strangest places

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He was in The Boondocks, Jack Reacher and Rick & Morty and now he's in Star Wars. . . . Imagine telling people in the 70s that one day Werner Herzog would be in Star Wars.

 
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Not so unexpected but I know he is in the 80s adaptation of Hard To Be A God (which I still haven't seen).

 

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Do you watch any television?

I do, I watch the news from different sources. Sometimes I see things that are completely against my cultural nature. I was raised with Latin and Ancient Greek and poetry from Greek antiquity, but sometimes, just to see the world I live in, I watch “WrestleMania.”

An unexpected choice.

You have to know what a good amount of the population is watching. Do not underestimate the Kardashians. As vulgar as they may be, it doesn’t matter that much, but you have to find some sort of orientation. As I always say, the poet must not close his eyes, must not avert them.

So you’ve been watching “Keeping Up With the Kardashians?”

I’m starting to discover it. I’m curious; that’s my guiding principle.
 

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I think he's bang on there.

A lot of "cineastes" I think see this as him trolling. But he's right.

Especially about WWE.

I've not seen one of his movies in a while. Has he done any good ones? The last one I recall watching was Encounters at the End of the World, which I lapped up.
 

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I find the films tend to have their moments but the documentaries are much better as a whole, something like Grizzly Man isn't half the slog that Aguirre or Stroszek is.
 

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I've been meaning to watch the Netflix one on volcanoes for a while, but still haven't gotten round to it.

 
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He's currently working on something about Fordlandia, Henry Ford's failed attempt to build a town in the Brazilian rainforest.
 
There was quite a good piece a couple of years ago when he did that Netflix documentary about the internet. Tying together his making a "branded" film (it was bankrolled by a tech company) and Herzog's becoming a kooky brand himself.

His next one's streaming for free on MUBI this weekend

 

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I didn't end up watching the film last night as I couldn't get Netflix to run in my browser. I'll try it on the PlayStation later.
 

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There's a book about the making of Heart of Glass which sounds cool. The title's been stuck in my head for years... Every Night the Trees Disappear.
 

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Herzog's Minnesota Declaration: Defining 'ecstatic truth'

1. By dint of declaration the so-called Cinema Verité is devoid of verité. It reaches a merely superficial truth, the truth of accountants.

2. One well-known representative of Cinema Verité declared publicly that truth can be easily found by taking a camera and trying to be honest. He resembles the night watchman at the Supreme Court who resents the amount of written law and legal procedures. "For me," he says, "there should be only one single law: the bad guys should go to jail."

Unfortunately, he is part right, for most of the many, much of the time.

3. Cinema Verité confounds fact and truth, and thus plows only stones. And yet, facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.

4. Fact creates norms, and truth illumination.

5. There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.

6. Filmmakers of Cinema Verité resemble tourists who take pictures amid ancient ruins of facts.

7. Tourism is sin, and travel on foot virtue.

8. Each year at springtime scores of people on snowmobiles crash through the melting ice on the lakes of Minnesota and drown. Pressure is mounting on the new governor to pass a protective law. He, the former wrestler and bodyguard, has the only sage answer to this: "You can´t legislate stupidity."

9. The gauntlet is hereby thrown down.

10. The moon is dull. Mother Nature doesn't call, doesn't speak to you, although a glacier eventually farts. And don´t you listen to the Song of Life.

11. We ought to be grateful that the Universe out there knows no smile.

12. Life in the oceans must be sheer hell. A vast, merciless hell of permanent and immediate danger. So much of a hell that during evolution some species - including man - crawled, fled onto some small continents of solid land, where the Lessons of Darkness continue.
 

luka

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that's terrible writing. i think herzog is ridiculous actually. his films are terrible and hes always been a caricature of himself.
 
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