Getting Caught in Werner Herzog’s “Web”, Podracing with Ben-Hur, and More!
Wow, Werner Herzog is having quite the week, isn’t he?
His documentary Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World releases imminently, and honestly, who could be better than cinema’s number one rogue to tackle the epic, quixotic, expansive subject of the very Internet itself? It’s no secret that we really, really heart Herzog here at Fandor, so we’ve been loving all of the coverage this week, which includes but is not limited to:
- Speaking to Rolling Stone about his new project, and uttering what may be the most quintessentially Herzogian piece of philosophy we’ve heard lately: “Sometimes, it’s more important to raise a big question than ever getting a full answer to it.”
- Stopping by the garage studio of beloved comedian podcaster Marc Maron. If for some reason you aren’t able to give this the full listen, Indiewire has helpfully curated the ten best moments from that interview. You know, kind of like we do with Fandor news every week…
- And just to prove once and for all that simply everything is better with his voiceover added (full disclosure, one of those is actually not really him, but if you read that Rolling Stone piece you’ll know he doesn’t mind), giving The Daily Beast some truly great commentary on Kanye West’s music video for “Famous”. Yeah, you read that right. Could a collaboration be in the works? We can only hope.
Herzog has been making films for almost half a century, and that adds up to a whole lot of movies. We have eighteen of them in our library right now, including some deeper cuts we think deserve a little love (in the form of viewing and queuing, of course). If you HAVE seen both of these, go ahead and give yourself a giant pat on the back, for you have attained true Herzog-phile status! We wish we had a trophy to give you.
Even Dwarfs Started Small
When we describe something as “the most bizarre film Herzog ever made”, you need to be aware of two things: One, we aren’t taking this lightly, and two, this film is BIZARRE. Like, Crispin Glover wrote the liner notes bizarre. It’s one of his very first feature efforts, and it endures as a powerful anti-authoritarian and ecotopian allegory with serious shades of surrealism. We’d love to know what you think of it!
Heart of Glass
In an age of seemingly endless remakes and franchises, the idea of established directors taking “risks” is almost laughable. That’s why it’s even more amazing that Herzog chose a dreamy, existential, and mysterious Bavarian parable as his follow-up to Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Every Man for Himself and God Against All. Supposedly, all of the actors were under the thrall of hypnosis during filming, which actually explains a lot. Just watch it. Allow yourself to be transported.
Once you’ve gotten your enigmatic German filmmaker fix, this Keyframe video essay makes a great palate cleanser. We don’t want to spoil it for you, so we’ll just say that with all due respect, George Lucas is NO Werner Herzog:
And if you have a minute, check out the newest project from our “Viewing Habits” columnist himself, Colin Healey! The follow-up to his last feature, Homemakers, is about a lovesick rich man and the fortune teller he hires for help, and it is currently about 75% of the way to reaching its funding goal! Check out his Kickstarter campaign here. We can’t wait to see how this one turns out!
With that, we’ll be back next week with more of the latest Fandor news to share. Until then, we hope we gave you enough Herzog to have you attempting your own impressions! Happy “vatching”….