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Werner Herzog – A Guide for the Perplexed

Paul Cronin

The award-winning director of Grizzly Man and Fiztcaraldo talks about his inspiring career in cinema.

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‘One of the best things published about cinema.’ Sight & Sound

Herzog was once hailed by Francois Truffaut as the most important director alive. Famous for his frequent collaborations with mercurial actor Klaus Kinski – including the epics Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo, and the terrifying Nosferatu – and more recently with documentaries such as Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Into the Abyss, Herzog has built a body of work that is one of the most vital in post-war German cinema. Here, he reflects on his legendary and inspiring career.

Critic Reviews

Magnificent . . . One of the most fascinating minds to where we are fortunate enough to have collective access . . . Indispensable.

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The heftiest and most fascinating one-stop guide that the Herzog fan, or even newcomer, could possibly ask for.

Sunday Telegraph
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One of the best things published about cinema . . . so expansive, detailed and thought-provoking that it feels like more than a book.

Sight & Sound
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One of the best, the most inspirational and definitely the most unusual guides to filmmaking ever written . . . Just about anyone who wishes to follow an art or craft or trade or passion can learn from this book.

Literary Review
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A blockbuster performance . . . an invaluable guide to a hard-fought life and career.

Times Literary Supplement
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Extraordinary . . . So full of marvellous passages that one could go on quoting forever.


Paul Cronin is a film-maker who has also edited Herzog on Herzog, as well as Alexander Mackendrick’s On Film-making.

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