Incontri alla fine del mondo Conversazioni tra cinema e vita Cineasta esploratore antropologo poeta visionario Tutti questi tratti si fondono organicamente in una delle figure pi originali creative e irriducibili del panorama cinematografico contemporaneo

  • Title: Incontri alla fine del mondo: Conversazioni tra cinema e vita
  • Author: Paul Cronin Werner Herzog Francesco Cattaneo
  • ISBN: 9788875212285
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cineasta, esploratore, antropologo, poeta, visionario Tutti questi tratti si fondono organicamente in una delle figure pi originali, creative e irriducibili del panorama cinematografico contemporaneo Werner Herzog Famoso per i suoi film estremi , Herzog ne ripercorre in questo generoso libro intervista la genesi, la lavorazione e l impatto su critica e pubblico Ma quCineasta, esploratore, antropologo, poeta, visionario Tutti questi tratti si fondono organicamente in una delle figure pi originali, creative e irriducibili del panorama cinematografico contemporaneo Werner Herzog Famoso per i suoi film estremi , Herzog ne ripercorre in questo generoso libro intervista la genesi, la lavorazione e l impatto su critica e pubblico Ma quel che pi conta, per Herzog, l individuazione dello strettissimo legame tra i suoi film e la sua vita, tanto stretto da far s che i primi appaiano un naturale prolungamento e sviluppo della seconda Perch ci sia possibile, Herzog si tiene alla larga dai teatri di posa e dalle produzioni in provetta si getta nel mondo e trasforma il set in un luogo avventuroso e pulsante.La freschezza, vivacit e apertura dello sguardo di Herzog rendono il libro un affascinante occasione di incontro con terre e popoli remoti, un emozionante attraversamento della storia europea della seconda met del Novecento, nonch una lucida riflessione teorica sul rapporto tra cinema di finzione e documentario, tra mondo dell immaginario e reale.

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    1. There are just too many fantastic stories here, from the time Herzog intentionally jumped onto a bed of cacti in order to appease a bunch of dwarves, to the time he was life-flighted out of a country in a cage being hoisted by a helicopter ("I was frozen to the cage, so the film crew had to urinate on my hand!") But maybe my favorite was the exchange about Herzog eating his shoe, which went something like this:Herzog: There should be more shoe-eating in this country! Do you remember that man who [...]

    2. if you asked me as a child what i wanted to be when i grew up, i would say herzog. you might want to avoid me when i have this in my hands because i'll start reading you my favorite passages, you'll have a beard a mile long by the time i'm finished. even if you're a woman.

    3. If you are hoping to gain some deep insight into the process by which famous directors plan their storyboards and ensure that they have adequate coverage of their angles from this book, save your money and buy a different one.If you want to discover more about Herzog's private live, you should look elsewhere.If though, like me, you are captivated by the power of Herzog's films, the poetry of his landscapes, the direct and fearless assault he makes on subjects as diverse as the aftermath of the G [...]

    4. This is an extended-new set of conversations between Cronin and Herzog, so you don't really need to read the previous book, "Herzog on Herzog". If you can choose between both, just go with this latter one. "A guide for the perplexed" adds new thoughts approx. from "Grizzly Man" on and it's again an impressive and essential speech about work ethics, travels and human relationships. Herzog insists on how important it is to produce your own work and gives a fair amount of spot-on insights for start [...]

    5. Herzog is, simply, incomparable. Who else thinks or speaks like this man? His rare combination of humility, disarming thoughtfulness and blunt honesty provide an antidote to the typical glibness of those involved in the movie business. Of course, Herzog would probably dislike someone associating him with the movie business; he'd argue that he was in the business of dreams. And he would be right. He is a craftsman of dreams. (He would undoubtedly reject being called an artist of dreams, although [...]

    6. Herzog on Herzog was created from a series of interviews with Werner Herzog. The interviewer, Paul Cronin, then edited the results of these sessions by combining answers relating to the same question or topic and excising the material that did not relate to the director's creative output. The resulting "interview" reads like a long conversation that runs mostly chronological from Herakles to Invincible. It ends with Herzog admonishing the interviewer, "Don't you ever listen to the Song of Life." [...]

    7. I have enjoyed many of Werner Herzog's films but knew little of him otherwise before reading this book. The author interviewed him over many years and organized their conversations according to the order of release of the films they discussed. Herzog cooperated with the author reluctantly "Facing the stark alternative to see a book on me compiled from dusty interviews with all the wild distortions and lies, or collaborating – I choose the much worse option: to collaborate." The result is a fas [...]

    8. Great book, which contains interviews with one of the most interesting directors of all time. I found that in Herzog's life there was an episode which is very similar to the story that is told in Rachel Joyce's "The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry". Fantastic how things like that could actually happen! Recommend this book for Herzog's fans and those who are interested in New German Cinema.

    9. Brilliant. Inspiring read even if you are not a fan of his work. Really puts into perspective how much can be accomplished if only by the sheer will of an individual. No doubts, no excuses, no circumstances to harsh to finish what seemed impossible.

    10. How can I express how much I love this book? You will gain philosophies of creative wisdom and explanations of aesthetic judgment from these pages that will stir something inside of you. You will find out what it means to be a "foot soldier of cinema" and will hear firsthand of the lengths that a true visionary will go to complete an original work. His stories of the harrowing ordeal in the in filming "Fitzcarraldo" are beyond inspiring. I'm not sure any other Hollywood director has ever gone t [...]

    11. It took me four months to read this, largely because I felt I needed to see the movies referenced in the book. I had to find them everywhere from youtube to the Werner Herzog company in Germany to PAL formatted discs to ROKU channels and so forth. All in all, I've seen 33 of his movies now, more than any other director. It's a fascinating book if you find him a fascinating director, as I do.

    12. They only thing that's wrong in this book is Herzog's estimation of how unimportant it is. I would argue that it might even change the course of your life.

    13. C’è una caverna enorme in cui vanno a riposare milioni di rondoni. L’accesso a questa caverna è sbarrato dalle cascate di Kaieteur (Guyana britannica; quattro volte più alte delle cascate del Niagara, per dire), quindi solo i rondoni in volo possono entrarvi facilmente, aggirando in volo l’enorme massa d’acqua. Il medico della troupe di Werner Herzog, esperto scalatore, decide di farsi calare con una telecamera per filmare l’interno della caverna, così da rivelarci cosa si cela die [...]

    14. There is just no one on Earth like Werner Herzog, and this book is a fascinating glimpse into the way his mind works and offers up too many great stories to be highlighted here. I savored this one for a while because I didn't want it to end.

    15. The bulk of this book is a dialogue between Cronin and Herzog - or rather, Cronin gives a theme and Herzog delivers a small essay. The later parts are a few collected poems of Herzog, an autobiographical fragment of traveling through Germany, and a few essays on Herzog.The dialogue goes through Herzog's entire life and work up until ~2013, focusing mostly on his movies, especially his philosophy of his work. What impressed me most about this is how much Herzog is on fire for his work, he never c [...]

    16. Good lord, what an amazing man. Werner Herzog has not only made some of the most stunning and wrenching movies of the last 50 years, he's also been everywhere, done everything and been involved in every roiling controversy imaginable.The book is a set of chronologically arranged interviews covering Herzog's youth, followed by commentary on just about every film he produced through 2001. At age 14, he walked from native Munich to the Adriatic coast simply because he felt like it. He came to Ameri [...]

    17. "Always take the initiative. There is nothing wrong with spending a night in a jail cell if it means getting the shot you need. Send out all your dogs and one might return with prey. Beware of the cliché. Never wallow in your troubles; despair must be kept private and brief. Learn to live with your mistakes. Study law and scrutinize contracts. Expand your knowledge and understanding of music and literature, old and modern. Keep your eyes open. That roll of unexposed celluloid you have in your h [...]

    18. An elegant and poetic series of interviews with our greatest living director. He absolves himself of the many mistruths brought against him over time (not that I fell prey to them anyway). My favorite part is when he's asked to describe what a Werner Herzog film school would be like. Herzog's response (I'm paraphrasing) is that any students of his imaginary "film school" would have to first walk 5,000km just to get there. Then, spend weeks mastering other physical skills. He admits that he doesn [...]

    19. This book is an extended interview between Cronin and Herzog and covers his early life and his filmography up until Invincible (2001). Simply put, if you a fan of Herzog’s films this is a must read. Like his films, Herzog is funny, insightful and unique. A lot of this ground is now covered in Herzog’s DVD commentaries, and if you have listened to any of these you’ll be quite familiar with his “ecstatic truth”, his “fever dreams” and his handling of Klaus Kinski. The real treat is t [...]

    20. Werner Herzog is an artistic genius, indefatigable film-maker, champion of the underdog and all-around badass. This book is a great companion to his work, as well as an entertaining read due to it's anecdotal, conversational style. I honestly believe he's among the most importantartists of his time and a big inspiration to me. Everyone should look up the story of his being shotduring an interview with the BBC outside his house,then finishing the interview before going to thehospital's ridiculous [...]

    21. When Werner Herzog was 6, he became very ill, and his mother had to drag him on a sled across snow-packed Bavaria to get him medical treatment. He laid in a hospital bed for eight days -- yet he never complained or grew bored. This is because he pulled a piece of string from his hospital blanket and played with it for the entire time. "I guess I saw a world of imagination in that piece of string," says Herzog.There is a lot of stuff like that in this book. Recommended, especially for string fana [...]

    22. this book is completely brilliant. herzog is a true poet. all of his ideas about athleticism and space in filmmaking feel really fresh to me. i can't imagine anyone not enjoying his stories of walking from munich to paris to save lotte eisner's life, or of being buried in a snow cave for two days without food, or of eating a piece of chocolate to stop one of klaus kinski's tantrums even if you don't know or like his films. herzog can come off as hyperbolic and grandiose, but i never found myself [...]

    23. Brilliant to finally get the man's own perspective. Some of the legendary tales are put to rest and even more amazing adventures are discovered. He is ultimately lucid and one of the true greats of film, which he says is for illiterates. No challenge seems too epic for Herzog. He enlarges the scope of what is possible in the life of one person.

    24. Herzog is a big inspiration to me. A must read for everybody, regardless of your interest in Werner Herzog or even film for that matter. The entire book is comprised of transcribed conversations between Herzog and Paul Cronin. While this format could become boring with most other people, Herzog is so poetic in his speech that it was consistently captivating from beginning to end.

    25. There are already a lot of great reviews on this book, so all I can add is this - if you are involved in any kind of creative endeavor, I highly recommend this book. If you are involved in film/video run to get this book, it's a must read.

    26. If you love the flights of fantasy Herzog takes the audience on in his film, you will love the man behind it more. Guide to the Perplexed is inspiring.

    27. To a Reader Whom this May Concern:I was once told that this book reads like scripture. "Like" is too weak a word.C,V

    28. I began this book with extremely high hopes. I'm always looking for intellectual guidance, I admit, and Herzog seemed to be a promising, if idiosyncratic, guide. According to the back cover, "Despair should be kept brief, and not dwelled upon" represents Herzog's outlook. And: "Spending a night in jail is sometimes acceptable if it means you got the shot you needed." Courageous, unflinching stuff. Flipping through randomly, I saw Herzog's answer to the question "Do you have hobbies?", which was: [...]

    29. I read this concurrent with the revival of TWIN PEAKS, and was struck by the similarities between Herzog and David Lynch: not in their actual works, but in their insistence on pursuing a singular, often difficult path with virtually no thought given as to how those works might be perceived. There's a crucial difference, though: Herzog's films have consistently appealed as much to the viewer's hearts as well as minds, and in this book he explains in detail how the emotional resonance of an idea m [...]

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