Nothing interrupts the placid flow of a Ken Burns documentary like the voice of Werner Herzog reading an edict from the nazi ministry for propaganda outlawing both blacks and jazz music. Jesus, that startled me.
Invention has a deeper reach, a deeper stratum of truth, quite often, than we like to admit. And that’s the beauty about the museum here.
—Werner Herzog on the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles, California
Werner Herzog in Jack Reacher
He plays the villain, naturally. It’s too perfect.
Werner Herzog is possibly more sane than anyone realized.
Werner Herzog plays a recording of Klaus Kinski yelling at him and then talks about it. About 7 minutes.
"You are always for half-measures. You are scared shitless of the consequences!"
Klaus Kinski and Mike Ehrmantraut have too much in common to sit well with me now.
Also, isn’t it great how Herzog is smiling as he’s listening to this, like it’s a cute home movie from his childhood? Full of terrifying German shouting?
Fitzcarraldo - 1980 - Werner Herzog
… embarrassed, I told Herzog how much I admired him, and how thankful I was that he had agreed to see me. Herzog seemed neither surprised nor pleased by my effulgence. Instead he looked at me for a disarmingly long time—so long, in fact, I began to feel like a character in a Werner Herzog film. Finally, he said: “There is a dormant brother inside of you, and I awaken him, I make him speak, and you are not alone anymore.” We shook hands and he was gone. I walked outside, through a curtain of Los Angeles sunshine, to the street’s edge, where I stood for a long time, ecstatic and not quite alone.
Werner Herzog turns 70 today!
"I certainly have humor, and it should not be overlooked."
On the outside we’ll look like gangsters, while on the inside we’ll wear the gowns of priests.
- Werner Herzog
Cobra Verde (Werner Herzog, 1987)
- “Aren’t you afraid? Aren’t you afraid of dying?”
- “I haven’t tried it yet.”