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Werner Herzog

(b. 1942– )

German film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and opera director

“Related, but more practical subjects, will be the art of lockpicking. Traveling on foot. The exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully. The athletic side of filmmaking. The creation of your own shooting permits. The neutralization of bureaucracy. Guerrilla tactics. Self reliance.

Censorship will be enforced. There will be no talk of shamans, of yoga classes, nutritional values, herbal teas, discovering your Boundaries, and Inner Growth.”

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source: Curriculum / Rules for his Rogue Film School; more here

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medium: Curriculum

“All those trashy special effects and miniatures that you see in Hollywood movies have caused audiences to lose trust in their eyes. Here, in my film, they are given back trust in their own eyes. When the boat goes up the mountain, people look at the screen, looking for something to tell them it’s a trick, but it’s no trick. Instinctively, they sense it. An image like that gives you courage for your own dreams.”

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source: profiled in Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2006), 62.

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medium: Nonfiction

“In the forbidden recess of the cave, there’s a footprint of an eight-year-old boy next to the footprint of a wolf. Did a hungry wolf stalk the boy or did they walk together as friends?”

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source: Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011), quoted on Studio 360, April 29, 2011.

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medium: documentary film

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