Skip to main content

Herzog by Ebert

With a Foreword by Werner Herzog
Roger Ebert was the most influential film critic in the United States, the first to win a Pulitzer Prize. For almost fifty years, he wrote with plainspoken eloquence about the films he loved for the Chicago Sun-Times, his vast cinematic knowledge matched by a sheer love of life that bolstered his appreciation of films. Ebert had particular admiration for the work of director Werner Herzog, whom he first encountered at the New York Film Festival in 1968, the start of a long and productive relationship between the filmmaker and the film critic.

Herzog by Ebert is a comprehensive collection of Ebert’s writings about the legendary director, featuring all of his reviews of individual films, as well as longer essays he wrote for his Great Movies series. The book also brings together other essays, letters, and interviews, including a letter Ebert wrote Herzog upon learning of the dedication to him of “Encounters at the End of the World;” a multifaceted profile written at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival; and an interview with Herzog at Facet’s Multimedia in 1979 that has previously been available only in a difficult-to-obtain pamphlet. Herzog himself contributes a foreword in which he discusses his relationship with Ebert.

Brimming with insights from both filmmaker and film critic, Herzog by Ebert will be essential for fans of either of their prolific bodies of work.

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2017

Film Studies


“This excellent collection will lead readers to revisit, or experience for the first time, Herzog’s unique imagery, which was likely Ebert’s wish.”

Library Journal

"Two of the most admired and beloved figures in cinema are celebrated in this slim volume that collects all the material the late Roger Ebert wrote about his friend, director Werner Herzog. Fans of either or both men will find this essential reading"

Spectrum Culture

Table of Contents

Foreword by Werner Herzog
Editorial Note
Part 1: Facets Multimedia, 1979
Images at the Horizon 3
Part 2: Reviews
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Burden of Dreams
(directed by Les Blank)
Where the Green Ants Dream
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
My Best Fiend
Grizzly Man
The White Diamond
Rescue Dawn

Walking to Werner (directed by Linas Phillips)
Encounters at the End of the World
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call, New Orleans
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Into the Abyss
Part 3: Interviews
At Cannes Film Festival, May 1982
Herzog Defies Death for His Films, May 20, 1984
Herzog Finds Truth beyond Fact, September 29, 1998
A Conversation with Werner Herzog, August 28, 2005
“Tell Me about the Iceberg, Tell Me about Your Dreams,” July 7, 2008
The Ecstasy of the Filmmaker Herzog, April 6, 2010
Part 4: The Great Movies
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
Heart of Glass
Nosferatu the Vampyre
Part 5: Summing Up
A Letter to Werner Herzog: In Praise of Rapturous Truth, November 17, 2007
Herzog and the Forms of Madness, July 20, 2008
The Great Ecstasy of the Sculptor Herzog, January 26, 2013
Appendix: Walker Art Center, 1999
Note concerning Herzog’s Films
Herzog’s “Minnesota Declaration”

Be the first to know

Get the latest updates on new releases, special offers, and media highlights when you subscribe to our email lists!

Sign up here for updates about the Press