Werner Herzog, 2009
|Born||Werner Herzog Stipetić
5 September 1942
|Occupation||Director, producer, screenwriter, actor, narrator|
Martje Grohmann (m. 1967–85) Christine Maria Ebenberger (m. 1987–97) Lena Herzog (m. 1999)
Film should be looked at straight on; it is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.
I'm not into digital marketing, downloading, or streaming - I've always been a man of the theaters.
Sometimes bad luck hits you like in an ancient Greek tragedy, and it's not your own making. When you have a plane crash, it's not your fault.
Perhaps I seek certain utopian things, space for human honour and respect, landscapes not yet offended, planets that do not exist yet, dreamed landscapes.
Civilization is like a thin layer of ice upon a deep ocean of chaos and darkness.
Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.
I'm a very professional man. I'm not out for the experience of adventure.
I cannot work fast enough. I cannot cope fast enough, really. And just releasing a film is hard.
I never have searched for a subject. They always just come along. They never come by way of decision-making. They just haunt me. I can't get rid of them. I did not invite them.
You must live life in its very elementary forms. The Mexicans have a very nice word for it: pura vida. It doesn't mean just purity of life, but the raw, stark-naked quality of life. And that's what makes young people more into a filmmaker than academia.
You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.
If you do not have an absolutely clear vision of something, where you can follow the light to the end of the tunnel, then it doesn't matter whether you're bold or cowardly, or whether you're stupid or intelligent. Doesn't get you anywhere.
I live my life outside of the glitz and glamour of the red carpet events, and so you'll never see me there. I'm never at parties.
I think it is a quest of literature throughout the ages to describe the human condition.
I like and I love everything that has to do with cinema: writing, directing, editing, creating music, and even acting.
I'm politically interested, but I have no particular talent as a political beast, stepping out and running for office.
I find it interesting that there are impostors out on the Internet pretending to be Werner Herzog.
I despise formal restaurants. I find all of that formality to be very base and vile. I would much rather eat potato chips on the sidewalk.