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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.”
Werner Herzog, Herzog on Herzog
“The opinion of the public is sacred. The director is a cook who merely offers different dishes to them and has no right to insist they react in a particular way. A film is just a projection of light, completed only when it crosses the gaze of the audience[...]”
Werner Herzog, Herzog on Herzog
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“Television creates loneliness. This is why sitcoms have added laughter tracks which try to cheat you out of your solitude. Television is a reflection of the world in which we live, designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It kills spontaneous imagination and destroys our ability to entertain ourselves, painfully erasing our patience and sensitivity to significant detail.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“the notion of civilisation as a thin layer of ice resting upon a deep ocean of darkness and chaos,”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“During the Second World War, Goebbels gave an order to all cameramen at the front: “The German soldier always attacks from left to right.” That was it, no further explanation. Sure enough, if you look at old newsreels, the Germans always advance from the left to the right of the screen.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“speak a lively Spanish compared to formal Castilian Spanish, as if the conquest of the New World paralysed language back home, creating some kind of impasse that has yet to be overcome. When a language becomes immobile, unable to adapt, the culture that created it disappears into the abyss of history.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“It’s possible to learn to play an instrument as an adult, but the intuitive qualities needed won’t be there; the body needs to be conditioned from an early age. The same could be never said for filmmaking. A musician is made in childhood, but a filmmaker any time.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.” William Faulkner”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“Reactions to Even Dwarfs Started Small seem to depend on people’s feelings about their inner dwarf.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“Unlike most people, I didn’t have the privilege to choose my profession. I didn’t even ask myself whether I could do it, I just pushed on with things.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“Bildung”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“Today I look at Munich and see a city empty of all significance, invaded by Prussians and stripped of its Bavarian spirit.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“The Catalogue of Dwarfs” from the Icelandic Poetic Edda, an extraordinary collection of Old Norse poems compiled in the fourteenth century and probably handed down, in the oral tradition, a thousand years earlier.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“We will be blamed for having not thrown hand grenades into television stations and laying waste to their institutionalised cowardice, for not taking up arms and occupying such debased places which venerate that single, pernicious god: the Einschaltquote, the ratings.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“In ancient Greek the word “chaos” means “gaping void” or “yawning emptiness.” The most effective response to the chaos in our lives is the creation of new forms of literature, music, poetry, art and cinema.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“Even back in 1968, the first time I was at the Berlin Film Festival with one of my films, I found it ossified and suffocating. I felt the festival should be opened up to everyone and screen work in other cinemas around the city, so I took the initiative, got hold of some prints by young filmmakers and rented a cinema for a few days in Neukölln, a working-class suburb of Berlin, which at the time was populated largely by immigrants and students. The free screenings at this parallel venue were a big success and generated intense discussions between audiences and filmmakers, which were exciting to witness. The whole thing was my rebellious moment against the Establishment, which I saw as being unnecessarily exclusive. I told the festival organisers they needed to have more free screenings and open the festival up to the wider public, which shortly afterwards they did.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin
“When it comes to the kind of filmmaking I do, the free market is a harsher but more vibrant structure to function within. It’s where the real battle is fought. If you can leave the respirator and submit yourself to the roughness of the market, you should.”
Paul Cronin, Werner Herzog - A Guide for the Perplexed: Conversations with Paul Cronin

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