Visual Saturday: The Cinema of Werner Herzog

‘I make films because I have not learned anything else and I know I can do it to a certain degree’. Has there ever been a more pragmatic, unemotional, down-to-earth explanation of one’s choice of career than this? Werner Herzog equally manages to amaze us with his magnificent work and take us aback with his directness and generally disenchanted view of nature, language and, indeed, the human condition. Despite (or maybe because of) his somewhat eccentric style, Herzog is a true master of filmmaking and storytelling. He has once been called “the most important film director alive”, and the short documentary The Enigma of Werner Herzog certainly gives us reason to believe that may very well be so.

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