Werner Herzog and movies as a corporate product

Q: So if someone gives you $150 million for a film, that’d become essentially a corporate product.


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Herzog: Not necessarily. If you give me $150 million and never show up again [laughs], I would deliver something big and beautiful. But when you have to deal with a corporate world and every single line of dialogue has have the approval of a boardroom decision, then you are probably having too many limitations. And it becomes lifeless very easily. This is why all of these films, many of the big films that the industry creates, are very predictable and very much in a format that is ironclad. It’s not a kind of filmmaking for me.

source : http://www.indiewire.com/2016/07/werner-herzog-interview-master-class-1201706508/

MÁRQUEZ on writers’ suffering

Q: Blaise Cendrars said that writing is a privilege compared to most work, and that writers exaggerate their suffering. What do you think?
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I think that writing is very difficult, but so is any job carefully executed. What is a privilege, however, is to do a job to your own satisfaction. I think that I’m excessively demanding of myself and others because I cannot tolerate errors; I think that it is a privilege to do anything to a perfect degree. It is true though that writers are often megalomaniacs and they consider themselves to be the center of the universe and society’s conscience. But what I most admire is something well done. I’m always very happy when I’m traveling to know that the pilots are better pilots than I am a writer.

Maya Angelou on courage

Q: Your latest book is about your mother. What did you learn from her?

Maya: To develop courage. And she taught me by being courageous herself. I realized that one isn’t born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things—in the way that if one sets out to pick up a 100-pound bag of rice, one would be advised to start with a five-pound bag, then 10 pounds, then 20 pounds, and so forth, until one builds up enough muscle to lift the 100-pound bag. It’s the same way with courage. You do small courageous things that require some mental and spiritual exertion.


A portriat of poet Maya Angelou on June 3, 1974.
UNKNOWN LOCATION, – JUNE 3: Poet Maya Angelou on June 3, 1974. (Photo by Craig Herndon/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Bob Dylan on reporters

Q: You’ve been very reluctant to talk to reporters, the press and so on …  why is that?

Dylan: Why would you think?

Q: Well, I know why you won’t go on those things.a-exposicao-photographs-of-bob-dylan-reune-fotos-feitas-por-daniel-kramer-durante-turne-do-bardo-entre-1964-e-1965-kramer-registra-a-metamorfose-do-artista-de-trovador-folk-a-icone-do-rock-n-roll-1353032415588_1920x1080.jpg

Dylan: Well, if you know why, you tell ’em … ’cause I find it hard to talk about. People don’t understand how the press works. People don’t understand that the press, they just use you to sell papers. And, in a certain way, that’s not bad … but when they misquote you all the time, and when they just use you to fill in some story. And when you read it after, it isn’t anything the way you pictured it happening. Well, anyhow, it hurts. It hurts because you think you were just played for a fool. And the more hurts you get, the less you want to do it. Ain’t that correct?