45 Great Directors: Werner Herzog

“Perhaps I seek certain utopian things, space for human honour and respect, landscapes not yet offended, planets that do not exist yet, dreamed landscapes. Very few people seek these images today.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Aguirre.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Grizzly Man.

What Did I Watch: Land of Silence and Darkness.

Where Does He Fit: Sure, the line between fact and fiction is just as porous in real life as it is on film, but Land of Silence and Darkness has quite a few lies in the form of the poetic reveries that our deaf-blind guide goes into, supposedly her own natural thoughts. They are fake, but the joy of experiencing a petting zoo or a greenhouse is real, and it certainly succeeds in making us appreciate our own lives…unless, of course, we start interrogating like Herzog wants us to. Is it possible to make a truly terrible piece of docufiction? Certainly the most cinematic of genres.


Most Valuable Asset: Reality and phoniness.
Most Excited For: Aguirre.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: Melodrama’s master, Max Ophuls.


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