Herzog on the Jungle

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Deckard
 
Reply Tue 26 Jan, 2010 10:29 pm
This is my all time favorite Herzog clip. Granted, Herzog was at the time this clip was filmed due to various logistical problems involved with filming one of his movies so perhaps this indictment should be taken with a grain of salt but I am still interested to hear what others have to say about his judgment of the jungle and by extension untamed nature in general.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xQyQnXrLb0
 
Pyrrho
 
Reply Sat 30 Jan, 2010 08:40 pm
@Deckard,
Deckard;122953 wrote:
This is my all time favorite Herzog clip. Granted, Herzog was at the time this clip was filmed due to various logistical problems involved with filming one of his movies so perhaps this indictment should be taken with a grain of salt but I am still interested to hear what others have to say about his judgment of the jungle and by extension untamed nature in general.



YouTube - Herzog on the obscenity of the jungle



Allowing for the poetic expressions he has chosen, I basically agree with him. The world is a nasty, brutal place. Plants and animals are in a constant struggle for survival, with losers often dying painful and gruesome deaths. And everyone loses eventually.

So, was it Fitzcarraldo that he was filming at the time?

Herzog is one of the greatest living directors.
 
Deckard
 
Reply Sun 31 Jan, 2010 10:59 pm
@Deckard,
Right Fitzcarraldo. The clip is from the docu "The Burden of Dreams" about the making of Fitzcarraldo. I prefer Herzog's docus e.g. Grizzly Man, Ecounters at the End of the World but then I generally prefer nonfiction. Herzog rules!!!
 
Pyrrho
 
Reply Mon 1 Feb, 2010 09:00 am
@Deckard,
Deckard;123984 wrote:
Right Fitzcarraldo. The clip is from the docu "The Burden of Dreams" about the making of Fitzcarraldo. I prefer Herzog's docus e.g. Grizzly Man, Ecounters at the End of the World but then I generally prefer nonfiction. Herzog rules!!!


Grizzly Man is a great film, though my favorite Herzog film (of the ones I have seen) is Little Dieter Needs to Fly. I have not seen Encounters at the End of the World. I agree that his documentaries are generally better than his fiction films, but I have always found all of his films (that I have seen) interesting and worth watching.

Herzog is also interesting when he speaks of his films (if you ever get a chance to see him introduce one of his films, you should do so), and his commentary tracks on his fiction films are interesting, unlike most commentary tracks on most DVDs. On those occasions when I start the commentary tracks on typical films, I am generally forcibly struck by the stupidity of the people making ordinary films, and I generally stop them in short order. Herzog is quite a contrast to such people.
 
Fido
 
Reply Mon 1 Feb, 2010 11:10 am
@Deckard,
We all love against our better judgement, and harmony is a notion we use to punish nature...There is a logic to it all, but as with many things in nature, it is a logic we must find, and cannot impose...
 
 

 
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