Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This 1978 documentary explores the life and work of contemporary filmmaker Werner Herzog, one of the true enfant terribles of German cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The documentary features extensive interviews with Herzog and collaborator Laurens Straub. Herzog discusses his impoverished childhood and his obsession with filmmaking, which bloomed early. The interview footage is interspersed with clips from some of the director's many films, including some from his first amateur film Signs of Life, which he made using a stolen camera. Other highlighted films include Aguirre, Kaspar Hauser and Stozek.