Creator Werner Herzog Discussion

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12:26:15 AM Mar 10th 2013
edited by LordGro
Removed these trope examples for shoehorning and applying tropes to Werner Herzog as a person, as opposed to his creative work. See Creator Page Guidelines.
  • Implacable Man: He was shot while being interviewed by Mark Kermode. Kermode was a bit freaked out. Herzog... not so much.
    Werner Herzog: It's not a significant bullet.
  • Justified Criminal: According to himself, at least. He stole the camera used to film Aguirre, the Wrath of God from a film school.
    It was a very simple 35mm camera, one I used on many other films, so I do not consider it a theft. For me, it was truly a necessity. I wanted to make films and needed a camera. I had some sort of natural right to this tool. If you need air to breathe, and you are locked in a room, you have to take a chisel and hammer and break down a wall. It is your absolute right.
  • Missed The Plane: At the beginning of Wings of Hope (aka Julianes Sturz in den Dschungel) a documentary about Juliane Koepcke the Sole Survivor of a plane crash in Peru in 1971, Herzog explains that he and his crew were booked on the same flight while heading to film Aguirre Wrath of God, but they missed it due to overbooking.
  • Vitriolic Best Friends: Herzog's relationship with late, infamously choleric actor Klaus Kinski became the subject of the documentary My Best Fiend (also known as My Dearest Enemy). The two cooperated on five movies, while at the same time supposedly nearly killing each other multiple times. In My Best Fiend, Herzog confirmed that he threatened to kill Kinski as well as himself if the former would abandon the production of Aguirre (the rumor that Herzog had to force Kinski to act at gunpoint was an exaggeration), and that during the filming of Fitzcarraldo, several local extras who had witnessed Kinski's rages had offered to kill Kinski for him.
(Herzog made a documentary about his work with Klaus Kinski, but Vitriolic Best Buds doesn't quite cut it. They weren't "best buds", vitriolic or not.)
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Some fans and critics had this reaction, due to Rescue Dawn's innacurate and extremely-negative portrayal of deceased soldier, Eugene Debruin. Herzog himself expressed remorse over the portrayal in the Rescue Dawn DVD bonus featurettes.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He has a thing about chickens. Knowing this makes the ending of Stroszek make a lot more sense.
  • With Friends Like These...: He also said of Klaus Kinski: "People think we had a love-hate relationship. Well, I did not love him, nor did I hate him. We had mutual respect for each other, even as we both planned each other's murder."
(Is that from the narration in My Best Fiend? Then it might actually count, but the example doesn't say.)
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