I’ve agreed to review Brad Prager’s The Cinema of Werner Herzog: Aesthetic Ecstasy and Truth for the Journal of Mind & Behavior. As an “art-form” film attracts, at best the juvenile mind, or at worst, the pseudo intellect: Herzog is an island of artistic authenticity and integrity in a sea of vulgarity and schlock. I’m pleased that there now exists a serious study of his work. (Please take the journalistic hyperbole of the publisher’s website with a pinch of salt – Herzog is no enfant terrible and they have got the date of Aguirre wrong!)
Update: I’m still working on this and have decided to incorporate Colin McGinn’s The Power of Movies: How Screen and Mind Interact.
The above photograph is of my Siamese cat “Oddsock” sitting next to an 8×10 poster of Aguirre: Der Zorn Gottes – the poster sits right in front of me on my desk – a reminder of the authenticity, discipline and passion one requires to do anything worthwhile.