Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980)
Director: Les Blank
Writer: Werner Herzog
Starring: Werner Herzog
Review By: Griff
Werner Herzog is not a welcher you have to give him that. Herzog is pretty famous for some outrageous behavior. He once jumped into a cactus when he completed filming Even Dwarfs Started Small. Then there was the time he threatened to shoot and kill Klaus Kinski if abandoned the shooting of Aguirre: The Wrath of God. So it shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to hear that the title is an accurate description of what goes on in this film. Werner Herzog boils his old desert boot with some onions, garlic, and hot sauce and eats it on stage. Why on earth would someone do that? He made a bet with a young film makers named Errol Morris. Morris had a an idea for a film but had no money or resources to actually make the movie. Herzog in attempt to inspire him to do whatever was necessary to make the film promised to eat his own shoe if Morris made his movie. The result was Gates of Heaven a documentary about pet cemeteries.
So Herzog flew out to Berkley for the premiere of the film. He took the shoes off his feet and ate one of them in front of the audience.
The film isn’t simply about Herzog eating his own shoe however. Along the way there are interviews with Herzog where he talks about his views on film making, life, and capitalism. It is a interesting short film and fascinating glimpse into the mind of Herzog. If you are a fan of his work or even if you are not this a pretty great watch that anyone who loves cinema should check out. This short film gets 2 1/2 guys from me.