Friday, July 3, 2009

Your unquestioned assumption must be a steamship being hauled over the mountain.

MR. BROWN: Mm-hmm. You know there's an entry early in the book that really struck me - it's when you're describing meeting with the Hollywood studio people. And you say that, for them, as you put it, "the unquestioned assumption is that a plastic model ship will be pulled over a ridge in a studio."

And so you explain to them, that again, this is a quote, "your unquestioned assumption had to be a real steamship being hauled over a real mountain, though not for the sake of realism, but for the stylization characteristic of grand opera." That's quite a remarkable - what does that last part mean - about the stylization as opposed to the realism?

MR. HERZOG: When you see the film - and I hate to revert to the film, but I have to right now - when you look at the ship moving over the mountain, and dozens of winches, primitive winches turned around by native Indians in the pulleys system and all this - when you see the ship going up the mountain, it does not look real anymore. It actually looks like a jungle fever dream - something completely stylized; something out of the fantasies of grand opera.

And the film, of course, has to do with the quest of grand opera in the jungle. So it's not for the sake of realism. The film is the proof of it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083946/

ms. rosa said...

Ah, one of my favorites. Sometimes I dream of drifting down that horrifying and beautiful river...

elle enne said...

LOVE Herzog. Esp. Nosferatu and Aguirre. And Stroszek. Little Dieter Has to Fly.