‘If your project has real substance – ultimately the money will follow you like a common cur in the street with its tail between its legs’.
Werner Herzog is celebrated as one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers of our time – but his ascent to acclaim was far from a straight trajectory from privilege to power. Abandoned by his father at an early age Herzog survived a WWII bombing that demolished the house next door to his childhood home and was raised by a single mother in near-poverty.
He found his calling in filmmaking after reading an encyclopedia entry on the subject as a teenager and took a job as a welder in a steel factory in his late teens to fund his first films.
These building blocks of his character — tenacity – self-reliance – imaginative curiosity — shine with blinding brilliance in the richest and most revealing of Herzog’s interviews.