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Thursday, 22 January 2015

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I have yet to watch a Herzog film that hasn't expanded my worldview. I think he is among the greatest of great film directors. His works explore issues Hollywood generally eschews. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, another great German film maker (a contemporary of Herzog), made significant contributions to cinema too. Unfortunately, he lived hard and fast; he died too soon.

Three amazing Herzog films: 1)Nosferatu (The Vampyre / Phantom Der Nacht); 2)Stroszek; 3.The Enigma of Kasper Hauser.

Four amazing Fassbinder films: 1) The Marriage of Maria Braun; 2)Veronica Voss; 3)Lola. His 15+ hour TV mini-series, Berlin Alexanderplatz, is a masterpiece.

All of the abovementioned films are available on DVD at netflix.

"20. A badge of honor is to fail a film theory class."

I didn't fail the class but I managed to get P. Adams Sitney pissed off enough that he threw the chalkboard erasers at me. This impressed the hell out of the rest of the film department.

I highly recommend Les Blank's films "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe", and "Burden of Dreams"

If you see only one Herzog film in your life (it may save your own- or someone else's).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0

This looks good, and worth picking up. I like Herzog's work, recently watched "Encounters at the End of the World" filmed while participating in the Antarctic Artist and Writers Program, run by the National Science Foundation in Antarctica. I was particularly interested in that film because it looks like I will be participating in the AAWP program next year! Very excited about this.

That image of Herzog definitely reminds me of Geoffrey Rush, e.g.
http://www.beststarsofyear.com/images/geoffrey-rush-03.jpg

Arg: that image of Geoffrey Rush
definitely reminds me of Richard E Grant, e.g.
http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01865/richardegrant_1865308c.jpg

There is a great book just out - Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed - Conversations with Paul Cronin. He's a wonderful example of a human being living life on his terms. And that is a real, live grizzly behind him on the book cover, not a photoshop job.

Difficult to find, but unforgettable -- Herzog's early films from the days of his fascination with the Amazon: "Aguirre, the Wrath of God", and "Fitzcarraldo".

And you know, you don't have outrun the bear...

scortt

Yep, he's one of the greats of cinema. I adore his movies but the one that simply blew my mind was Wild Blue Yonder. Brad Dourif's performance is epic.

25. It's not a significant bullet.

I think I print 17 and hang it over my monitor! In chocolate letter printface!

Greet, Ed.

Nice shot. Would have been even better in B&W.

http://sircarl.smugmug.com/Misc/i-hFv89Bs/0/O/Holland%20Herzog%20TP.jpg

What about #2?
"There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need."
;)

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