“You should bear in mind that almost all my documentaries are feature films in disguise. Because I stylize, I invent, there’s a lot of fantasy in it—not for creating a fraud, but exactly the contrary, to create a deeper form of truth, which is not fact-related. Facts hardly ever give you any truth, and that’s a mistake of cinéma vérité, because they always postulate it as if facts would constitute truth. In that case, my answer is that the phone directory of Manhattan is a book of books. Because it has 4 million entries, and they are all factually correct, but it doesn’t illuminate us. You see, I do things for creating moments that illuminate you as an audience, and the same thing happens with feature films as well.”
Werner Herzog (born September 5, 1942)
He talks about the idea of “ecstatic truth”. You better believe that’s on my list of things wot I want tattooed.
Stewart Stern joined Stephen Chbosky for a Q&A after The Perks of Being a Wallflower last night, & I can’t think of Stewart without thinking of Jimmy.
Ethan Hawke & Julie Delphy on the set of Before Midnight, the third film in the “Before” series, directed by Richard Linklater. The film takes place in Greece, and was once again written by Linklater, Hawke, and Delphy.
I am ridiculously excited about this movie!