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Type: Director
Nationality: German
Date of Birth: 09/05/1942




 

Werner Herzog Quotes

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Academia is the death of cinema. It is the very opposite of passion. Film is not the art of scholars, but of illiterates.
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Facts sometimes have a strange and bizarre power that makes their inherent truth seem unbelievable.
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What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.
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There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.
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Technology has a great advantage in that we are capable of creating dinosaurs and show them on the screen even though they are extinct 65 million years. All of a sudden, we have a fantastic tool that is as good as dreams are.
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Let's put it this way: art house theaters are vanishing. They have almost disappeared completely, and that means there's a shift in what audiences want to see. And they have to be aware of that and be realistic. It's as simple as that.
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May I propose a Herzog dictum? Those who read own the world, and those who watch television lose it.
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You should look straight at a film; that's the only way to see one. Film is not the art of scholars but of illiterates.
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I don't spend sleepless nights over getting very bad reviews.
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There are certainly laws and elements that make a film more accessible to mainstream audiences. If you've got Tom Cruise as a strongman, I'm sure it would have larger audiences, but it wouldn't have the same substance.
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I know whenever it comes to be really dysfunctional and vile and base and hostile on screen, I'm good at that!
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Strangely enough, I've always believed that my stories were mainstream stories; the films are narrated in a way that you never have a boring moment.
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I cannot work fast enough. I cannot cope fast enough, really. And just releasing a film is hard.
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