Werner Herzog Became a Filmmaker the Day He Stole a Camera

Director Werner Herzog at a press conference in Bruxelles (Flickr user "erinc salor" http://www.flickr.com/photos/espressoroast/)

Director Werner Herzog at a press conference in Bruxelles (Flickr user “erinc salor“)

In an interview with Jesse Thorn from Bullseye (NPR), director Werner Herzog recounts his childhood, his first experience with cinema, and the day he became an artist.

via Bullseye with Jesse Thorn:

It’s fair to say that Werner Herzog is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. He’s made critically-acclaimed documentaries, like Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. And some art-house staples like Fitzcarraldo. But he also made Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans — where a crack-smoking Nicholas Cage has hallucinations of iguanas and a breakdancing Mafioso. And don’t forget that Herzog was the SUBJECT of a film called Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.

So, it should come as no surprise that there wasn’t one day when he became an artist. He sort of always knew. He tells us about growing up in Bavaria, how walking the Albanian border taught him more than film school ever could, and why he just wasn’t impressed by the first moving images he saw.

Werner Herzog has a new Blu-Ray boxset coming out later this month from Shout! Factory. It collects sixteen of his earliest films — most of them on Blu-Ray for the first time. It’s called Herzog: The Collection.


  • Echar Lailoken

    I must see The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans now. I wonder how it stacks up to Bad Lieutenant (1992) starring Harvey Keitel.

  • erte4wt4etrg

    I really like his Nosferatu remake. Most elegant vampire movie I’ve ever seen

    • Echar Lailoken

      Is it better than the original nosferatu? Is there natural lighting? Two of the creepiest films I have experienced both had natural lighting. Nosferatu and the Tell Tale Heart.


      • erte4wt4etrg

        Well I liked it better than the original and i think there was natural lighting, yeah

        • Echar Lailoken

          Thanks, I have it in my library. I will move it to the top of my to watch list.