Werner Herzog films: c/d/s/d

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"I'm quite convinced if i had collapsed and become neutral then I would have no longer been a threat to that bear. He might have grabbed me by the back and thrown me twenty feet or something, but it would give up pretty quickly because its fear would subside. It would say this is something that stumbled on to me and I'm gonna get outta here, which the bear eventually did. A surprised bear is an angry bear, and an angry bear is a dangerous bear. So don't surprise them. Don't start the chain you know?""

weird bibby fetish (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 16 June 2011 17:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

Good advice in just about any situation

Don't start the chain you know? (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 16 June 2011 17:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

I now believe the key to a successful WH impersonation is pronouncing "go-ink"

already president FYI (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 June 2011 17:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

"Don't start the chain you know?"

i am hearing this in the voice of ice-t for some reason. ice-t being a well-known expert on bear safety.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

fwiw land of silence and darkness is one of the most powerful and unsettling films i've ever seen.

Yes, totally underrated film of his. As far as the humour qualities of his films, I can't imagine that 'is it supposed to be funny?' would get a straight answer from him, nor should it.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

there's actually a video of him out there where he says he's funnier than eddie murphy

I now believe the key to a successful WH impersonation is pronouncing "go-ink"

― already president FYI (Dr Morbius), Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:40 PM (38 minutes ago) Bookmark

he is terribly difficult to impersonate, for me anyway - which seems weird since he has such a distinct way of speaking that i can easily imagine in my head

(.づ☀‿☀)づ ~da post-modernist struggle~ (.づ☀‿☀)づ (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

whenever I try I usu get Arnold

already president FYI (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 June 2011 18:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

nothing funnier than cute animals dying a sad and lonely death.

― The New Dirty Vicar, Thursday, June 16, 2011 5:12 AM (8 hours ago) Bookmark

comedy in herzog's poker-faced narrative analysis, not in penguin death (jeez)

And the piano, it sounds like a carnivore (contenderizer), Thursday, 16 June 2011 20:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

i bet that penguin shit was staged.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

It was totally heading south.

scissorlocks and the three bears (Eric H.), Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

penguin was clearly a paid actor.

by another name (amateurist), Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

Herzog dressed up as a leopard seal and chased it towards the poll.

textbook blows on the head (dowd), Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

Someone should stop this man.

scissorlocks and the three bears (Eric H.), Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

saw grizzly man's US premiere at the Museum of Natural History and Werner, Treadwell's ex girlfriend ("you must never listen to this") and a bear expert who happened to be a bear mauling victim (face was all messed up) were on a post show panel. During the Q&A after the show, some plucky kid asked werner "What's the point of this movie?" and Werner, with no pause and totally deadpan, replies "What's the point of children."

― weird bibby fetish (forksclovetofu), Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:48 PM Bookmark

Ha, a former roommate was there and related this story. It stuck with me.

mike and the quantum mechanics (Hurting 2), Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Is there a thread for that kids' book, btw?

already president FYI (Dr Morbius), Friday, 17 June 2011 14:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

two of my friends on Facebook are now FB friends with Werner Herzog.

The New Dirty Vicar, Friday, 17 June 2011 14:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

one thing I have noticed about Herzog is that nearly every film he does features a bear or bears.

The New Dirty Vicar, Friday, 17 June 2011 14:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

"He's sort of a fallen romantic -- he doesn't believe in things but he is still reluctantly excited by other people who believe in things"

For what's worth, I think he's more like some kind of Middle Age man (his interest in tradition is never nostalgic), also it seems to me that considering his maniacal attention to notions like truth and human nature he's definitely a "believer", albeit a rather paradoxical one (see also his hatred for postmodernism).

Marco Damiani, Friday, 17 June 2011 15:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think of him as deeply humanist and ultimately optimistic in his pessimism; "little dieter needs to fly" is pivotal

Don't start the chain you know? (forksclovetofu), Friday, 17 June 2011 15:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

Exactly - he's always somewhere between images of utter cruelty and desperation (the dancing chicken in Stroszek, the smoking chimpanzee of Echos aus einem düstern Reich) and the stark humaneness, totally devoid of any sentimentalism, of Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit.
Probably because of some personal reasons, his early TV documentary Behinderte Zukunft about a group of young disabled always struck me for its almost unbearable intensity.

Marco Damiani, Friday, 17 June 2011 16:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

he seems a little too ready to dominate the proceedings in his recent films. in his earlier ones you get a strong sense of his personality without him being all up in your grill.

by another name (amateurist), Saturday, 18 June 2011 01:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

i saw "cave.." in 2 dimensions and loved it. great soundtrack.

lol waggoner (am0n), Wednesday, 2 November 2011 20:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

Saw this last night, for me his best since at least The White Diamond.

http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/into-the-abyss

(No bears, and he just interviews, doesn't narrate.)

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 November 2011 20:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

excited

truth fact and correct (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 2 November 2011 20:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh wow, that's high praise; weren't people sceptical about this one, idk why

Abattoir Educator / Slaughterman (schlump), Wednesday, 2 November 2011 20:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

first ep of "On Death Row" is quality Herzog filmmaking but wrapped in odd cognitive Court TV/ID TV/Whatever the fuck they're calling it TV dissonance: each ten minute section is bookended by Paula Zahn intros and ads for Glade and fabric softener.
the show itself is Werner speaking one on one with people on death row in Grizzly Man tones and also interviewing family and painting a broader picture of the crime and the criminal. it's actively anti-death penalty rhetoric but as he puts it at the start of the first ep "that doesn't mean i like them"

Wesley Crusher: Teenage F#ck Machine (forksclovetofu), Saturday, 17 March 2012 21:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is on in the UK starting on thursday at 10 on ch4

koogs, Sunday, 18 March 2012 09:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man Tones

john-claude van donne (schlump), Sunday, 18 March 2012 16:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Cosmic Herzog Grizzly Man Tones For Mental Therapy

john-claude van donne (schlump), Sunday, 18 March 2012 16:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

His next, Queen of the Desert (about Gertrude Bell, of whom I've never heard) will feature Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/aug/15/robert-pattinson-lawrence-arabia

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

A bunch of auteurs are clearly seeing something in pattinson that I don't, but okay.

to welcome jer.fairall, pie is served. (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think they're mostly seeing that he can get their movies financed

WheatusVEVO (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

even one w/ Naomi Watts? seems like that was taken care of, tho I don't doubt it makes the producers happier.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

also the RP solo vehicles thus far haven't set the b.o. on fire.

Pangborn to be Wilde (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

canks otm

"Batshit crazy," the foam clog tycoon said. (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 17:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm still curious about how this will turn out: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/oct/05/werner-herzog-one-shot-lee-child

Casting on One Shot, the first adaptation of a Lee Child novel, has already met with a mixed reaction. Many were up in arms at the announcement that Tom Cruise would star as saturnine bruiser Jack Reacher (6ft 5in, 250lb), a former Army man who travels the world with just a toothbrush and a formidable sense of justice.

But the project's credibility took a dramatic rise with the announcement that the director Werner Herzog is to appear in the film as chief baddie The Zec, a former prisoner of war who arranges a conspiracy which frames a sniper for the murders of five people – a conspiracy which Reacher investigates.

Many news organisations quote a source who describes The Zec as an "ageless and shadowy figure". In the book his age (80) is, in fact, fairly precise, likewise his mobility (he's wheelchair-bound) and the number of fingers he has left (not a lot). He's a silent puppetmaster who commands such power over his subordinates that when he tells one of them to shoot themselves, they do so without question.

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

bel ami was terrible not just because of robert pattinson but he is a very very bad and rubbish actor haven't seen anything else he's been in

conrad, Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wd love to see Pattinson give Bel Ami another crack.

Eric H., Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

Which Bel Ami?

to welcome jer.fairall, pie is served. (jer.fairall), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 18:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jack Reacher

Shameful Dead Half Choogle (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 15 August 2012 19:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

To adapt D.B.C. Pierre's novel Vernon God Little, "a coming-of-age story set in Texas about a teenager caught up in the aftermath of a high-school shooting committed by his best friend":

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118061066

crazy uncle in the attic (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

Hope he casts Tilda Swinton!

Bobby Ken Doll (Eric H.), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

grrrrrrrrr

crazy uncle in the attic (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Tuesday, 23 October 2012 15:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

7 months pass...

Jeff, Thursday, 30 May 2013 21:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

waht!

arby's, Thursday, 30 May 2013 23:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

That's an interesting way to pass the time, I guess?

free your spirit pig (La Lechera), Thursday, 30 May 2013 23:38 (1 year ago) Permalink


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