Segment from Les Blank’s short, “Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe”, 1980.
Herzog fulfilling a bet he made with Errol Morris: if Morris was to finish his first feature “Gates of Heaven,” Herzog said he would eat his own shoe.
“There are serious problems facing our civilization. Like energy problems, environment problems, nuclear power and all this over-population of the world but uh, generally it is not understood yet that, umn, a problem of the same magnitude, is that we do not have adequate images. And that is what I am working on. A new grammar of images.”
I like the way Herzog words this declaration and I’ve always appreciated the sentiment, despite the fact that it underlines his strong distaste for non-human life (how he’s giving equal weight to the environmental crisis and human existential drama). This is still the greatest.