Monday, January 11, 2010

Werner Herzog - Superbeing

Take David Lynch in your hands - feel his clammy dampness, the heaviness of the wet Lynch across your palms. Now wring him - WRING out the BULLshit. Twist your wrists in opposite directions - HARD.

Now look in your're holding a fresh Werner Herzog!

I think Bad Lieutenant could be like Sweeney Todd, a legend that mutates in the hands of popular culture. Keep on making them different actors, different directors.

Any flaws the Herzog might've had were invisble to me. Invisible to me. It is wunderbar owing to its committment to retelling the story samepicture/differentframe.

I friggin' love the Ferrera version, too - don't get me wrong.

Why superbeing? Besides Aguirre?
Paraphrased from Wikipedia: "On January 26, 2006, insufferable tosser Joaquin Phoenix was in a car accident in Hollywood on a winding canyon road that flipped over his car. The crash reportedly was caused by brake failure. Shaken and confused, Phoenix heard a tapping on his window and a voice say, "Just relax." Unable to see the man, Phoenix replied, "I'm fine. I am relaxed." The man replied, "No, you're not." At this point, Phoenix managed to see that the man was famed, eccentric German auteur Werner Herzog. After helping Phoenix out of the wreckage, Herzog phoned in an ambulance and vanished."


Neil Fulwood said...

Where do you begin with Herzog's supremely awesomeness? The fact that he threatened an-on-the-verge-of-departing Klaus Kinski on 'Aguirre Wrath of God' that he would put eight bullets in Kinski before he reached the first bend in the river? The fact that when an island was being evacuated on account of an active volcano having the potential to destroy the whole place, Herzog and his cameraman flew in? The fact that he summed up Godard's entire filmography as "intellectual counterfeit money compared to a good kung fu movie"?

I bloody love Werner Herzog!

Vincent-louis said...

Herzog is a god... I refused to buy a DVD player until Aguirre Wrath of God was released on DVD. I even have it on my ipod... just in case I suddenly have to see it!

Mr. Sophistication said...

Indeed. What other filmmaker could script a line like, "I will sleep off my hangover on top of your corpse"?

Mavis Martini said...

Oh, must see! Look at those sexy beasts! (NOT Val and Nic!)

Donna Lethal said...

Herzog lives in Laurel Canyon and at one point last year I was driving it twice a day to work. As there's only one road in/out, you sit there in traffic alot. Slow. Someone was trying to get his attention and was posting signs on trees. I tried to stop and get a picture but I never could.

Topsyjane said...

How can I NOT love a guy who was SHOT during an interview but insisted on finishing the interview before seeking medical attention saying "It is not a serious bullet wound'?

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