The third episode of the Errata podcast features a chat with Werner Herzog about Rescue Dawn, Grizzly Man, The White Diamond, and other films.
A choice quote:
Sometimes I do discover footage that is amazing and nobody sees the deep poetry in it, and you can somehow make it emerge together in context with other images, texts, acting, and music.
Another choice quote:
Contrary to the belief that I am a daredevil and I'm taking impossible risks — not so. I'm the most cautious about risks. No actor ever got injured in any of my films. And I'm very good when it comes to assessment of risks.
Great listen, Rob. I'd have crumbled into bits trying to interview such a towering figure in my cinephilia.
Perhaps you've tracked it down already, but if not, know that Of walking in ice : Munich-Paris, 11/23 to 12/14 is available at the SF Public Library.
And I believe Lost Weekend Video on Valencia Street carries a DVD set containing nearly all of his short and "documentary" work for rental.
Oh, I should have thought to look there. I ended up getting a used copy via Amazon UK, if I recall. By the way, for anyone interested in pursuing this: on Amazon US the translator recommends the Jonathan Cape edition.
I'll have to walk over to Lost Weekend and check out that DVD set! I caught a few of Herzog's early films at SFMOMA recently -- I think you and I crossed paths a couple of times -- and I now see why you put "documentary" in quotes. I was pleasantly surprised to see Herzog tinkering with truth and fiction way back when.
Have you seen Walking to Werner, by chance?
No, I haven't. I missed it at the Mill Valley Film Festival, and I don't think it's come around since.
Of course next week, the Herzog film I've been most anxiously anticipating a chance to see on the big screen is coming to the Castro: the Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. I own the DVD but want the celluloid experience first.
That's where I saw Walking to Werner, Mill Valley. It's kind of fun to see a fan's obsession taken so such lengths, and (despite that!) he's a likable guy. Herzog handles the situation gracefully, too. His voice appears, but he doesn't. He was shooting Rescue Dawn in Thailand at the time.
Yeah, I'm hoping to see Kaspar Hauser on the big screen, too, although Stalker is at the PFA on one of those two days, and I have to see Tarkovsky. I've seen both films, but Tarkovsky for me is particularly hard to appreciate on video, so I want to take advantage of the screening.