Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Werner Herzog (1942-)
We comprehend... that nuclear power is a real danger for mankind, that over-crowding of the planet is the greatest danger of all. We have understood that the destruction of the environment is another enormous danger. But I truly believe that the lack of adequate imagery is a danger of the same magnitude. It is as serious a defect as being without memory. What have we done to our images? What have we done to our embarrassed landscapes? I have said this before and will repeat it again as long as I am able to talk: if we do not develop adequate images we will die out like dinosaurs.
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Director. Writer. Producer. Born: September 5, 1942, Sachrang, Germany. Has studied history, literature and theatre, but never finished his studies.
Herzog founded his own production company in 1963. He has staged several operas, besides others in Bayreuth, Germany, and at the Milan Scala in Italy. Herzog has won numerous national and international awards for his films. Herzog's films - the most interesting of which include Aguirre the Wrath of God (1972), The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (1975), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1978), and Fitzcarraldo (1982) - are often breathtaking in their visuals if diffuse in their narratives. [Adapted from IMDb]
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