An invaluable set of career-length interviews with the German genius hailed by François Truffaut as "the most important film director alive"
Most of what we've heard about Werner Herzog is untrue. The sheer number of false rumors and downright lies disseminated about the man and his films is truly astonishing. Yet Herzog's body of work is one of the most important in postwar European cinema.
His international breakthrough came in 1973 with Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in which Klaus Kinski played a crazed Conquistador. For The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Herzog cast in the lead a man who had spent most of his life institutionalized, and two years later he hypnotized his entire cast to make Heart of Glass. He rushed to an explosive volcanic Caribbean island to film La Soufrière, paid homage to F. W. Murnau in a terrifying remake of Nosferatu, and in 1982 dragged a boat over a mountain in the Amazon jungle for Fitzcarraldo. More recently, Herzog has made extraordinary "documentary" films, such as Little Dieter Needs to Fly. His place in cinema history is assured, and Paul Cronin's volume of dialogues provides a forum for Herzog's fascinating views on the things, ideas, and people that have preoccupied him for so many years.
This revised edition features new interviews discussing Herzog's films up to From One Second to the Next (2013), as well as additional text from Herzog, his collaborator Herbert Golder, the physicist Lawrence Krauss, and the filmmaker Harmony Korine.
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Werner Herzog has directed more than sixty films, notably Aguirre, the Wrath of God; The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser; Fitzcarraldo; Little Dieter Needs to Fly; Grizzly Man; and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. He is the author of several books, including Conquest of the Useless, and has staged more than a dozen operas around the world.
Paul Cronin is the editor of the filmmaker trilogy: Lessons withKiarostami, Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed, and AlexanderMackendrick's On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of theDirector. He has made films about Amos Vogel, Peter Whitehead andHaskell Wexler's Medium Cool. His website is filmmakertrilogy.com.
“[A] magnificent volume of interviews. . . This book presents an opportunity to enjoy extended musings from one of the most fascinating minds to which we are fortunate enough to have collective access. . . Reading [Herzog] expounding on his myriad interests and obsessions, in tones that are full and fluent without ever crossing into pretentiousness or obscurity, is a tonic for the brain.” ―Hannah McGill, The Independent
“Extraordinary . . . the book is so full of marvelous passages that one could go on quoting forever . . . What is remarkable about A Guide for the Perplexed . . . is the access it provides to the furious inner excitement of one of the great artists . . . of our time.” ―Francine Prose, Prospect
“A Guide for the Perplexed is a blockbuster performance of telling and hiding: remembering, denying, cursing, reliving traumas and triumphs; picking over all the project, triumphant and forgotten. This much revised and updated version of the one published in 2002 is an invaluable guide to a head-fought life and career. It is a black bible of verbiage, controlled rants and recollections, fit to stand beside any of the wandering director's savage pilgrimages.” ―Iain Sinclair, The Times Literary Supplement
“This month, Faber published A Guide for the Perplexed, a compendium of conversations between Herzog and the writer Paul Cronin . . . I'm putting my neck out and saying it's the best book I've read all year.” ―Nathalie Olah, Vice
“A spectacular read . . . offering a rare glimpse of one of the most ravenously imaginative minds of our time.” ―Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
“The heftiest and most fascinating one-stop guide that the Herzog fan, or even newcomer, could possibly ask for.” ―Seven Magazine
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Description du livre Faber & Faber, 2014. État : New. Famous for his frequent collaborations with mercurial actor Klaus Kinski - including the epics, Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, Herzog has built a body of work that is one of the most vital in post-war German cinema. In this set of interviews, Werner Herzog discusses his career from its very beginnings to his most recent productions. Num Pages: 592 pages, illustrations, portraits. BIC Classification: APFB. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 168 x 241 x 53. Weight in Grams: 972. . 2014. Revised ed. Hardcover. . . . . . N° de réf. du libraire V9780571259779
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