Werner Herzog

  • Aired:  06/06/11
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Werner Herzog explains why he added radioactive albino crocodiles to his documentary about cave paintings. (5:25)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE

DIRECTOR OF THE NEW FILM,-- OF

FORGOTTEN DREAMS IN 3-D.

>> OUR TIME IS EVEN MORE

CONSTRICTED IN THIS LOCATION

AND THERE'S NO POSSIBILITY

TO GET CLOSE TO THE

PAINTINGS.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, THERE ARE

THINGS YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO

SHOW IN YOUR FILM AND YOU

WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE.

YOU CAN'T GET CLOSER.

THAT IS THE CASE WITH THESE

ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS

PAINTINGS IN THE FARTHEST

CHAMBER, THIS GROUPING OF

LINES IT IS ESPECIALLY THE

CASE WITH THIS WHERE THE

LOWER PORTION OF A WOMAN'S

BODY HAS BEEN CHANGED.

>> Stephen: OH MY GOD, EVEN

CAVEMEN SENT OBSCENE TWEETS.

PLEASE WELCOME WERNER

HERZOG.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WHOOO, WHOOO,

GOOD TO SEE YOU, MR. HERZOG.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: NOW, SIR, THIS

MOVIE IS CALLED CAVE OF

FORGOTTEN DREAMS.

NOW EXPLAIN TO THE PEOPLE

EXACTLY WHAT IS THIS CAVE,

AND WHERE IS IT?

>> WELL, IT'S IN THE SOUTH

OF FRANCE.

IT WAS DISCOVERED ABOUT 16

YEARS AGO.

AND IT TURNED OUT THAT IT

WAS THE OLDEST, IT CONTAINED

THE OLDEST PAINTINGS EVER,

EVER DISCOVERED.

>> Stephen: HOW OLD ARE THEY

OPINIONS 32,000, MAYBE

35,000 YEARS BACK IN TIME.

AND OF ABSOLUTE INCREDIBLE

QUALITY.

>> Stephen: HOW COULD A

PAINTING BE 32,000 YEARS OLD

IF THE ENTIRE WORLD IS ONLY

6,000 YEARS OLD.

>> WELL, THIS IS A MIGHTY

GOOD QUESTION BUT I THINK

THESE PEOPLE WERE VERY, VERY

INGENUOUS AND WELL ADAPTED.

THEY PAINTED WONDERFUL

ANIMALS.

THEY CREATED MUSIC.

THEY CREATED IVORY STATUETTES,

VENUS STATUETTES.

UNBELIEVABLE.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

IS THIS CAVE PORN?

>> NOT REALLY BUT I-- MORE

PEOPLE COME TO THE MOVIE IF

YOU SAY CAVE PORN.

>> NO, I DO BELIEVE THAT

THESE VERY INTELLIGENT

PEOPLE INVENTED GOD BUT IT

TOOK GOD AWHILE TO GROW UP

AND CREATE THE WORLD.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: I DON'T USUALLY

HAVE GUESTS THIS DEEP.

YOU SHOOK ME THERE FOR A

SECOND.

ARE YOU SAYING THESE PEOPLE

ACTUALLY WERE CREATING-- THESE

ARE INCREDIBLE WORK OF ART.

>> THE PANTINGS ARE OF

SUCH-- IT'S INCREDIBLE

QUALITY.

IT NEVER GOT BETTER IN ROMAN

AND IN GREEK ANTIQUITIES,

NEVER GOT BETTER IN THE

MASONS TIME T NEVER GOT

BETTER UNTIL PICASSO.

IT NEVER GOT ANY BETTER.

>> Stephen: IT GOT BET WE

ARE PICASSO?

HE'S THE ONE WHO THROUGH IN

EXTRA TITTIES EVERY PLACE.

HE CAN'T COUNT HOW MANY HE

THROUGH IN THERE.

>> I PERSONALLY HAVE SOME

DOUBTS ABOUT PICASSO MYSELF.

>> Stephen: LET ME ASK YOU A

SENSITIVE QUESTION HERE.

ARE YOU MAKING ANY OF THIS

STUFF UP?

BECAUSE YOU HAVE CAUSED SOME

FLACK FOR YOUR DOCUMENTARIES

BECAUSE YOU SOMETIMES MAKE

STUFF UP.

OR YOU SAY, INTENSIFIED.

AND I DO THAT EVERY NIGHT

RIGHT UNDER THAT LENS OVER

THERE.

I MADE UP SOME CRAZY STUFF.

AND I DON'T CARE IF THEY

KNOWS WHAT'S WHAT.

>> WELL, IN CAVE OF

FORGOTTEN DREAM THERE IS A

POSTSCRIPT THAT ALL OF A

SUDDEN YOU SEE RADIOACTIVE

ALBINO CROCODILES.

IN THE FILL AM.

I CALLED THE PRODUCER FROM

WHEN I WAS SORTING AND I

SAID-- HE WAS IN A PET STORE

IN VANCOUVER AND HAD JUST

HAD BOUGHT A CAGE FOR A

HAMSTER.

AND HE SAID I'M JUST BOUGHT

A CAGE OF A HAMSTER AND I

SAID I'M FILMING ALL BINA

MUT ANT CROCODILES,

RADIOACTIVE CROCODILES.

AND I HEAR THIS CLATTER.

HE DROPPED THE CAGE AND SAID,

YOU ARE SHOOTING WHAT?

AND I SAID I'M SHOOTING ALL

BINA CROCODILES.

AND THEY WILL BE IN THE

FILM.

SO IT IS A WILD SCIENCE

FICTION SO THE FANTASY AT

THE END.

AND I WANT THE AUDIENCE, I

WANT THE AUDIENCE WITH ME IN

WILD FANTASIES IN SOMETHING

THAT ILLUMINATES THEM.

IF I WERE ONLY FACT-BASED,

YOU SEE, THE BOOK OF BOOKS

IN LITERATURE THEN WOULD BE

THE MANHATTAN FILM DIRECTOR.

4 MILLION ENTRIES,

EVERYTHING CORRECT.

BUT IT IS OUT OF MY EARS AND

I DO NOT KNOW DO THEY DREAM

IT AND I JUST DISMISS

THE-- CRYING IN HIS PILLOW

AT NIGHT.

WE DO NOT KNOW ANYTHING WHEN

WE CHECK ALL THE CORRECT

ENTRIES IN THE FILM

DIRECTORY.

I'M NOT THIS KIND OF A

FILMMAKER.

I'M NOT THIS KIND OF A

FILMMAKER.

AND I-- .

>> Stephen: SIR, IF I MAY, I

WANT TO PARTY WITH YOU,

COWBOY.

WERNER HERZOG, CAVE OF

FORGOTTEN DREAMS IN TH