herzog says…

werner herzog is regarded as one of the most eccentric filmmakers alive today – for he has been able to take his deepest fears and strangest fantasies to the mixing bowl and produced the weirdest filmography in modern cinema history. below is an excerpt from an interview with filmmaker and theorist paul cronin.


pc: what are your earliest memories of childhood?

wh: one thing that my mother told me was that i fell quite ill when i was five or six. we could not call an ambulance because even if we did manage to get hold of one, we were too deeply snowed in. so my mother wrapped me in blankets, tied me on a sled and pulled me all night to aschau (a german city) where i was admitted to hospital. she visited me eight days later, coming on foot through deep snow. i do not remember this, but she was so amazed that i was absolutely without complaint. apparently i’d pulled a single piece of thread from the blanket on the bed and for eight days had played with it. i was not bored – ths thread was full of stories and fantasies for me…


copyright: herzog on herzog, edited by paul cronin; faber and faber, 2002


~ by mentalsyrup on January 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “herzog says…”

  1. woah! theres very few people i know who don’t much experience boredom. very interesting blog you’ve got here. thanks for dropping by, and thus letting me know about this 🙂

  2. thanks for dropping by db…will be posting more of herzog so keep the visits going 🙂

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