A funny thing happened on the way to LAX last Friday.
I will admit to never having seen “Fitzcarraldo”. But I was thoroughly rivited by the NPR interview with the film’s director-dreamer Werner Herzog that I listened to on the way to the airport to collect Frank Frost who was arriving for the National Film Retreat: NPR: Werner Herzog Reveals Intense Private Journals (You can listen to it, which I recommend, or download a transcript).
About his filmmaking Herzog said that he has been categorized as a German romanticist but he thoroughly resists this label. He is about nature. Think “Rescue Dawn” and “Grizzley Man” for starters.
If you are a student of cinema, check this out. I may not read the book but I want to see the film to find out why a filmmaker would spend so much energy, time, humanity, and money on what, to some, is a work of art and to others, an absurdity.