Versatile, impossible to pigeon-hole and always artistically unorthodox, Werner Herzog has never stopped finding ways to breathe new life into the conversation around film. He grew up in a village in Bavaria, cut off from culture and without access to television or cinema. He made his first phone call at the age of 17 and his first film at 19.
Self-taught, a visionary with an inexhaustible supply of inspiration, he built himself a highly eclectic career as a film-maker (Aguirre—the Wrath of God, Grizzly Man, Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans ), has acted alongside Tom Cruise, taught aspiring film-makers, saved Joaquin Phoenix's life (in reality, not in the movies), directed opera and eaten his shoe (when he lost a bet he made in a documentary).
Following on from the conversation the two had about ancient Greek literature three years ago at an event co-produced by the Onassis Foundation in New York, this April will see Herzog meet up again with the master of live interviews and founder of the LIVE lecture series from New York Public Library, Paul Holdengräber, for a conversation every bit as unpredictable as the 76-year-old master's career. (Photo ©