The Enigma of Werner Herzog
The man, the myth, the legendary director.
Werner Herzog is a prolific filmmaker, and one of his greatest assets as a prominent director is his persona. Unlike many of his peers, whose personalities in everyday life would not strike one as anything special outside of a film set, it’s fun to imagine any of the hundreds of situations in which Herzog’s voice and personality would be entertaining: tour bus guide, Subway sandwich artist, dog walker, barista—the list could go on forever. So what’s so special about him? It could be that, like Chaplin or Hitchcock, he’s merged with the unique tone of his films and has become one with the cinema he creates. This video essay digs into one of film’s most recognizable and yet inscrutable real-life characters. See if you can figure out what color his eyes are, it’ll pay off in the end.