A poetic meditation on life and death, by one of the most renowned and respected filmmakers and intellectuals of our time. And while his distinctive voice and skewed perspective. Part of the physical trial of walking is what herzog calls dreaming on foottravel in this way becoming less a means of locomotion than a way of being in which fact and fiction can merge. In this episode filmmaker and author werner herzog discusses his remarkable book of walking in ice, first published in 1978. Aug 11, 2012 this leads to the story of his walk from munich to paris to visit the ailing film critic lotte eisner whom herzog calls the consciousness of the new german cinema, which became his book of. Werner herzogs of walking in ice the first chapter of the film auteurs newly reissued nonfiction classic. Simple acts of walking are threaded through the fiction of many writers, such as jane austen, charles dickens and franz kafka, who put their. Filmmaker werner herzogs remarkable account of his journey on foot from munich to. Of walking in ice by werner herzog, 9781784870379, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.
In 1974, when he was 32, acclaimed film director, writer, and producer herzog conquest of the useless. Later in his life, herzog also staged several operas in bayreuth, germany, and at the milan scala in italy. Werner herzog author visit amazons werner herzog page. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Werner herzogs of walking in ice the american society. In november 1974, when werner herzog was told that his mentor lotte eisner, the filmmaker and critic, was dying in paris, he set off to. Whether youve loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right. The discussion was sponsored by the philosophical reading group and the contemporary, two focal groups of.
Aug 16, 2019 werner herzog discusses his book of walking in ice at the stanford humanities center. Mar 26, 2010 the film director werner herzog has a certain reputation. Werner herzog, of walking on ice eflux conversations. Werner herzog has never thought a dog was cute the new. The discussion was sponsored by the philosophical reading group. His life has been spent describing danger, on the periphery of catastrophe. Werner herzog recommends five books every aspiring filmmaker. The genius of werner herzogs the great ecstasy of woodcarver. In november of 1974, german filmmaker werner herzog began walking from munich to paris. In late november 1974, filmmaker werner herzog received a phone call from paris delivering some terrible news. I read this book having been intrigued by an account of it on the excellent backlisted podcast. His films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature. In the winter of 1974, filmmaker werner herzog made a three week journey on foot from munich to paris to visit the hospital bed of his ailing friend, film critic and. Walking with werner herzog the current the criterion.
With robert dillard, kimberly porter, robert miles, lee parks. Buy of walking in ice by werner herzog online at alibris. Munich paris 23 november 14 december 1974 paperback september 1, 2007 by werner herzog author visit amazons werner herzog page. For herzog, walking was an exercise in magical thinking. As a matter of fact, he is considered to be among the greatest film makers in the world and has been regarded as such by fellow filmmakers. Herzogs existential journey through a hostile winter landscape is one of the great modern pilgrimages a record of physical suffering, of hallucination and ecstatic revelation, of portents and animals, of the wreckage of history and myth. Herzog was born werner stipetic in munich, to elizabeth stipetic, an austrian of croatian descent, and dietrich herzog, who was german. The contributors move beyond the myths of herzog to investigate the merits of his work and its place in film history.
Surely the strangest, strongest walking book i know, it tells the story of a. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. The film director werner herzog has a certain reputation. It was a subject volcanoes that was dormant in me for a long time and it popped up 40 years ago when i made a short film on the caribbean island of guadeloupe about a volcano that was about to explode and a single farmer refused. Werner herzog on creativity, selfreliance, and how to make a. This book is an attempt to illuminate these contradictions. Werner herzog on creativity, selfreliance, and how to. Iain sinclair iain sinclair surely the strangest, strongest walking book i know, it tells the story of a winter pilgrimage, made in desperation and in hope. During his youth, herzog studied history, literature, and music in munich and at the university of pittsburgh and traveled extensively in mexico. Of walking in ice has the eerie power of the best fairtales. If you are in luck at sundance, youll catch a glimpse of werner herzog walking up main street.
Keystonefrancegetty in 1974, directormadman werner herzog walked from munich to paris in a show of support for his friend, the cancerstricken fellow filmmaker lotte eisner. Feb 19, 2018 where some of herzogs filmic topics were passing preoccupations, ski jumping remained a point of persistent curiosity. Discussing this book with herzog are professors robert harrison and amir eshel. Werner herzog selfportrait selbstportrait 1986 youtube. While herzog stuffs garlic and herb bundles into the toe of each boot, he invokes a real war against commercials, against talks shows and television, then pauses to add hot sauce to the boot before lacing it. When werner was two weeks old, his mother took refuge in the remote bavarian village of sachrang in the chiemgau alps, after the house next to theirs was destroyed during an allied bombing raid in world war ii. Herzog was determined to prevent her death and believed that an act of walking would keep eisner alive. Werner herzog is a german actor, screenwriter, author, film director and opera director. Munich paris 23 november 14 december 1974 link if the sheer physical discomfort he enduredfrom rain, ice, snow, chilling wind, suspicious peasants and farmers, were a measure of grace gained, then lotte eisner, who died in 1983 at 87, would still be alive. He had just learned that his friend and mentor, the film historian lotte eisner, was gravely ill and had been hospitalized in paris, and herzog decided to make the journey in a quixotic attempt to thwart her death. Along the way, he sleeps in barns or breaks into empty homes.
You will learn more by walking from canada to guatemala than you will ever learn in film school. After the trip, herzogs written account of the threeweek, fivehundredmile trek was published as a book, of walking in ice vom gehen im eis. Werner herzog, german motionpicture director whose unusual films captured men and women at psychological extremes. Of walking in ice filmmaker werner herzogs remarkable account of his journey on foot from munich to paris ump blog its our time to rally around local independent booksellers. Munichparis, 23 november14 december, 1974 new edition by herzog, werner, herzog, m. I first saw werner herzog eats his shoe at the music box, a chicago theater with faux stars overhead and a live organist between features. Herzog s existential journey through a hostile winter landscape is one of the great modern pilgrimages a record of physical suffering, of hallucination and ecstatic revelation, of portents and animals, of the wreckage of history and myth. Werner herzog was born in munich on september 5, 1942. Dec 03, 2019 if you are in luck at sundance, youll catch a glimpse of werner herzog walking up main street. I read this book having been intrigued by an account of it on the excellent backlisted podcast in the winter of 1974, filmmaker werner herzog made a three week journey on foot from munich to paris to visit the hospital bed of his ailing friend, film critic and historian lotte eisner. A 2015 guggenheim fellow, he is the author or editor of nine books, including.
It gathers essays that focus from a variety of angles on herzog and his work. Herzog s pilgrimage is a fugue and an absurdist comedy as rich as anything in his cinema. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books youve read. National aeronautics and space administration nasa. Herzog has won numerous national and international. In late november 1974, filmmaker werner herzog received a phone call from paris delivering terrible news.
Werner herzog is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics. In the winter of 1974, filmmaker werner herzog made a three week. The audio in this show is a recording of a live event that took place at stanford university on may 7, 2019. With rainer werner fassbinder and volker schlondorff, herzog led the influential postwar west german cinema movement. Over the course of his career, legendary director werner herzog b.
Herzog was determined to prevent this and believed that an act of walking would keep eisner from death. Walking with werner herzog the current the criterion collection. May 06, 2015 werner herzog asks early in of walking in ice. Lena herzog wife lucki stipetic brother werner herzog eats his shoe 1980. Werner herzogs book of walking on ice, originally published in german in 1978, documents a threeweek walking journey he took from munich to paris in the winter of 1974. What is most remarkable is that the reading of the book is in continuity with the experience of watching his films. Werner herzog called the mandalorian directors cowards for potentially using cgi for baby yoda star wars the mandalorian director details werner herzogs love for baby yoda. Share werner herzog quotations about films, north korea and dreams. Of walking in ice is the diary of the german film director werner herzog, published in 1978 and. Munich paris 23 november 14 december 1974 werner herzog on. Legendary film director werner herzog during an earlier visit to stanford.
Great werner herzog quotes in all of their unabashed glory. His answers are unfiltered and tothepoint, often poignant but always unsentimental. A guide for the perplexed public library not to be confused with e. In november 1974, when werner herzog was told that his mentor lotte eisner, the filmmaker and critic, was dying in paris, he set off to walk there from munich. Werner herzog on of walking in ice stanford university.
The diaries, published in 1978, describe a threeweek journey on foot from munich to paris in the. Jan 07, 2016 werner herzogs maniacal quests werner herzogs maniacal quests a newly published travel journal shows how walking, like filmmaking, brings us to the naked core of existence. The most recent, nomad, shown by the bbc last week, is a tribute to his friend bruce chatwin another for whom, in herzogs words, tourism is a sin, walking a virtue. It hits you with the force of dreams and leaves you with the taste of snowfilled air helen.
In november 1974, when werner herzog was told that his mentor lotte eisner, the filmmaker and critic, was dying in paris, he set off to walk there from munich, in full faith, believing that she would stay alive if i came on foot. At the heart of werner herzogs brilliance, an uncomfortable. The more recent jonathan cape uk edition is far superior, being closer both to werner s vision and that of my original english adaptation. Munich paris 23 november 14 december 1974 signed herzog, werner on. Of walking in ice by werner herzog, martje herzog, alan. Of walking in ice by werner herzog penguin books australia. See all 4 formats and editions hide other formats and editions. In 1961, he worked nights in a steel factory to raise money for his films. Herzog is still making films at the age of 77, mostly shorter documentaries, the fruits of his constant wanderings around the planet. Schumachers excellent 1978 philosophy book of the same title presents the directors extensive, wideranging conversation with writer and filmmaker paul cronin. He himself once walked from munich to paris, a trip documented in his 1978 book of walking in ice. The discussion was characteristically iconoclastic. Werner herzog discusses his book of walking in ice at the stanford humanities center. He leaves munich on november 23, 1974 with a jacket, a compass, and a duffel bag, plus new boots.
In the book, one can watch as he collapses, in his very person, the. In november 1974, when werner herzog was told that his mentor lotte eisner, the filmmaker and critic, was dying in paris, he set off to walk. Munichparis, 23 november 14 december 1974 university of minnesota press. He is counted among the most important personalities as far as new age german cinema is concerned.
Where some of herzogs filmic topics were passing preoccupations, ski jumping remained a point of persistent curiosity. German film historian, mentor, and close friend lotte eisner was seriously ill and dying. In the late fall of 1974, the director werner herzog got a telephone call. The universe is not harmony of the spheres, but chaotic and murderous and its not. Werner herzog was born september 5, 1942, in munich, germany. Walking in ice with werner herzog entitled opinions. Of walking in ice has the eerie power of the best fairytales. Against the halfswept snow, his beautiful siberian wife on his arm, he looks like a visitor from a more civilized grand hotel world.1221 492 326 1195 1420 1054 813 1087 175 929 597 1597 750 191 958 307 1634 599 715 1618 1581 150 1290 126 465 719 308 1111 756 1134 1015 878 1029