Interesting Random

The Klaus Kinski Tape

Actor Klaus Kinski and director Werner Herzog became famous for their numerous collaborations and on-set bust ups.

However, this footage of Herzog playing back an audio tape from the set of Aguirre, Wrath of God is fascinating precisely because we don’t see the manic, bulging intensity of Kinski’s face.

For those who haven’t seen them, Lesley Blank’s Burden of Dreams (a documentary about the making of Fizcarraldo) and Herzog’s My Best Fiend are essential viewing.

> More on Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog at Wikipedia
> Watch My Best Fiend on YouTube

Documentaries The Daily Video

The Daily Video: Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

This is the 1980 short documentary directed by Les Blank which shows director Werner Herzog living up to his promise that he would eat his shoe if Errol Morris ever completed his 1978 film Gates of Heaven.

> Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe at the IMDb
> Find out more about Werner Herzog and Errol Morris at Wikipedia

Cinema Interviews Podcast

Werner Herzog on Rescue Dawn

Werner Herzog directing Christian Bale and Steve Zahn in Rescue Dawn

In a career spanning over 40 years director Werner Herzog has created some of the most remarkable films in modern cinema.

From his early works like Signs of Life, his collaborations with actor Klaus Kinski (Aguirre: Wrath of God, Nosferatu and Fitzcarraldo), dramas such as Heart of Glass and Stroszek, through to more recent films like Grizzly Man, he has demonstrated a remarkable ability to create dazzling cinema in extreme circumstances.

His latest film is Rescue Dawn, which is the story of Dieter Dengler, a German-born US fighter pilot who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam war. He was a POW for several months before somehow managing to escape after an epic struggle through the jungle.

He first covered the story in his 1997 documentary Little Dieter Needs to Fly and now Rescue Dawn is a feature film of the same story with Christian Bale in the lead role of Dengler.

I spoke with Werner in London recently about the film and other aspects of his career.

Listen to the interview here:


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Rescue Dawn opens in UK cinemas on Friday 23rd November

> Download this interview as an MP3 file
> Official site of Werner Herzog
> Check out reviews of Rescue Dawn at Metacritic
> Find out more about Herzog’s career at the All Movie Guide
> A lengthy Senses of Cinema essay on Herzog by David Church
> See Werner get shot at during a BBC interview with Mark Kermode
> A collection of photos from the set of Rescue Dawn on Flickr