Wednesday, February 13, 2008


J, you are correct. I am kind of obsessed with Werner Herzog. Sometimes he just gets things exactly right:

"We lived for a while in San Francisco, but it was too chic and leisurely. New York is only a place to go if you're into finances. But we wanted a place of cultural substance. And if you look behind the stereotype of glitz and glamour, that is Los Angeles. If you go to Florence, it has all surface beauty, but like Venice, it's simply a museum of Renaissance times. Los Angeles is raw, uncouth and bizarre, but it's a place of substance. It has more new horizons than any other place."

That almost exactly sums up why I quit my great job, ditched my great apartment and moved across the country with no job prospects just over 3 years ago. How can I not be fascinated? Plus, he has several other interesting things to say. Not to mention a few amazing films to his credit.
Photo above is Herzog eating his shoe after losing a bet to Errol Morris. *L


smear said...

Well, that photo is great, and some of his quotes were pretty funny, but, MAN ALIVE, I cannot stand his films. They seriously make me want to throw up on myself and shoot him. Granted, I've only seen Grizzly Man and The White Diamond; but i just don't know if i can handle any more. I'm willing to try one more, L, if you want to recommend.

Actually, I take that back, i think i liked Nosferatu (or however you spell it, spelling police), but i saw it a long time ago and can't remember. So i'll try that one again.

smear said...

Oh, no, never mind, I didn't see Herzog's Nosferatu, I saw Murnau's one, so I still haven't seen a Herzog picture i like.

smear said...

hmm. maybe "rescue dawn"? i recommend watching it after "little dieter needs to fly."
the latter is a documentary about this crazy german (shock!), and the former is the reenacted version of the same story starring christian bale.
but i loved "grizzly man," so maybe we'll just agree to disagree...

smear said...

A lot of the time I am probably THE most annoying person to watch a film with. I can't always "suspend" like I used to, or should for that matter. L, suggested "little dieter needs to fly"and I am going to and do it! On many levels I appreciated Grizzly Man, though parsing it out a found Treadwell the man very hard to tolerate thus distracting.

smear said...

treadwell was an ass, which is something i found interesting about it all. in any case, 'little dieter' and 'rescue dawn' are pretty hard to hate, i think, although you may not love them. there's also 'land of silence & darkness'--i still have the image of a deaf-blind boy clinging to a radio, feeling its reverberations, smiling insanely, stuck in my mind. crazy stuff. *l