Get ready for Werner Herzog‘s next documentary, a film set in a Texas prison that he says is “a gaze into the abyss of the human soul.” The film is called, appropriately, Gazing into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life. Not exactly the most subtle title, but when the subject is death row prisoners, perhaps there isn’t room for a lot of subtlety. Read More »

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Last night, Stephen Colbert hosted Werner Herzog in an interview segment on The Colbert Report intended to promote the new film Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Mr. Herzog did that, certainly, explaining among other things, the artistry of the early humans who created the art that is still to be found in the caves. He said, for example, “They created ivory statuettes, Venus statuettes, way beyond Baywatch, by the way, with breasts like…” and then went on to talk about how the same people also invented God. Good stuff? You bet.

But, more important, Werner Herzog was also asked about his tendency to make stuff up in his documentaries, or to ‘intensify’ the truth. He is interested in, as he has said in other interviews, an “ecstatic truth” that is different from “accountant’s truth.” He begins talking about this by discussing the albino mutant alligators he created for Cave of Forgotten Dreams, and then goes into a spectacular rambling explanation of how he finds his own way to approach a documentary. Check the video after the break. Read More »

It’s like the space race all over again, only with a lot less tension, and sand instead of stars. Is there really enough interest in writer/political officer/archaeologist Gertrude Bell that development on parallel film projects is warranted? Not to diminish her accomplishments — she was quite a woman — but it seems strange nonetheless. And yet here we are, and better this than two more fairy tale movies. Werner Herzog is developing Queen of the Desert, possibly with Naomi Watts starring, and now Ridley Scott is getting to work on his own Gertrude Bell movie. Is this a Highlander situation? Can there be only one? Read More »

‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’ Trailer #2

We’ve seen one trailer for Werner Herzog‘s first foray into 3D, the documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams, but this new trailer from Sundance Selects works a bit better than the initial edit. I’m still quite curious to see how this actually looks in 3D, but for now the old-fashioned 2D presentation will do.
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I would think that just about any actor would be quick to answer the call to work if the person on the was Werner Herzog. Looks like Naomi Watts is the latest to get the call, and the film Mr. Herzog reportedly has in mind is no small thing. It is called Queen of the Desert, and Naomi Watts would play Gertrude Bell in a film that could easily become a companion piece to Lawrence of Arabia. Read More »

Werner Herzog makes some irresistable documentaries. His latest is the 3D cave doc Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which did festival rounds late last year. Now there’s a trailer for the film, which you can see after the break. Read More »

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It’s a big week for Werner Herzog fans. His new documentary, the 3D-shot Cave of Forgotten Dreams, will soon screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the first images have been revealed. (Above, for example.) And My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?, the film he made with David Lynch producing, is hitting DVD in a couple weeks, so Herzog is doing the press rounds talking about that movie.

Some of the ensuing interviews are traditional press, in which he revealed that he’s got plans for at least two new films: a desert epic and a film set in a Texas maximum-security prison. And the director has spent this afternoon answering fan questions submitted via Twitter, with the video answers posted to YouTube. Read More »

2010 Toronto Film Festival Documentaries Announced

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A couple weeks ago, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their line-up of Galas and Special Presentations (aka the major films premiering at the festival). The list of films included Robert Redford‘s The Conspirator; George Hickenlooper‘s Casino Jack, The Bang Bang Club, starring Ryan Phillippe, Barney’s Version, starring Paul Giamatti, Darren Aronofsky‘s Black Swan, Ben Affleck‘s The Town, Alejandro Gonzalez Innarittu‘s Biutiful, Sylvain Chomet‘s The Illusionist, Kim Jee-woon‘s I Saw the Devil and Michael Winterbottom‘s The Trip.

Today the festival announced their documentary selections, which include Errol MorrisTabloid, Thom Zimny‘s Bruce Springsteen doc The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, Kim Longinotto‘s Pink Saris, and Werner Herzog‘s 3-D cave drawing documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams. Hit the jump to see the full TIFF documentary line-up.

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