Werner Herzog is some kind of enigma. In the above titled book, written by Paul Cronin from a series of interviews with the filmmaker, the myths are demystified and the man that is Herzog becomes a little clearer. It’s an astounding read, full of truths and philosophies, and tales from the trenches. For anyone interested in the mountains (literally) that present themselves to filmmakers during their ascent, or anyone that enjoys reading about what makes a genius tick.: we recommend, Werner Herzog: A Guide For The Perplexed. And share with you some of the gold…..

  • “Perseverance is where the gods dwell.”
  • “It was faith, not money, that pulled the boat over the mountain in Fitzcarraldo.”
  • “Be under no illusion. Try to subdue this planet at your peril.”
  • “I am no fly on the wall. I am the hornet that stings.”
  • “The line between fiction and documentary doesn’t exist for me. My documentaries are often fictions in disguise….they are both highly stylised and full of imagination.”
  • “Facts don’t illuminate. Only truth illuminates.”
  • “Writers and filmmakers are all alone; there is usually no one to help you, so just get off your arse and start walking.”
  • “Life in the oceans must be sheer hell. A vast, merciless hell of permanent and immediate danger. So much of a hell that during evolution some species – including man – crawled, fled onto some small continents of solid land, where the Lessons of Darkness continue.”
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