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Thursday, April 27, 2006

The Film Uber Alles

The New Yorker recently published a riveting profile on director Werner Herzog. Reporter Daniel Zalewski documents a few weeks in the making of the film "Rescue Dawn" in Thailand. The article covers familiar ground (see the documentary "Burden of Dreams") when it comes to a Herzog film set: harsh filming environment and crew revolts. Herzog comes from the school of anything for the shot, even if it puts your life in jeopardy. Although Herzog seems slightly insane and sadistic, there's something lovable about him. And no one can deny his talent. Plus, he's endlessly quotable. Here's a well-known quote while filming "Fitzcarraldo" in Peru on his view of nature:
The trees are in misery, and the birds are in misery. I don't think they sing. They just screech in pain.... Taking a close look at what's around us, there is the harmony of overwhelming and collective murder.

Postscript: I have not been able to find a link to this article. If any readers find one, please leave it in comments. Thanks.