Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

1980

Action / Documentary

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 68%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 1839

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Werner Herzog as Himself
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12hr 20 min
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Reviewed by xX()_-_(){-[-{ProMovieLovaXx}-]-}()_-_()Xx 10 / 10

A very good film for the family

The beginning of the film may seem like it gets of on the wrong foot, but it is more than that.

While this film may seem like a silly creation that Wener Herzog made due to a lost bet, it actually speaks to me on a personal level. It shows us that life can be fun and serious at the same time. We see the Herzog tearing and devouring his show which shows us how life can be so simple, as represented by the shoe, only to be destroyed by another being, in this case the director. While I cannot pinpoint the make of the shoe, I do know that the shoe type is a classic style showing that in life it can be classic, same as the previous but still extremely interesting as it doesn't lose the good features. I hope that when you're watching this you also see a positive message similar to mine.

This is not a film to shoe away, as this film about shoes has a soul

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

Odd

A short documentary in which directors Werner Herzog and Errol Morris make a bet which results in Herzog being forced to eat his own shoe.

Filmed in April 1979, the film features Herzog cooking his shoes (the ones he claims to have been wearing when he made the bet) at the Berkeley, California restaurant Chez Panisse, with the help of chef Alice Waters. (The shoes were boiled with garlic, herbs, and stock for five hours.) He is later shown eating one of the shoes before an audience at the premiere of "Gates of Heaven" at the nearby UC Theater.

This film is great because it connects three of the finest filmmakers of the era. Werner Herzog is a great documentarian and director, while Morris (just starting out) has gone on to become possibly the best documentary filmmaker in the business. And who should be filming this? Les Blank, the chronicler of America culture... quite possibly the best before Morris came along. All three being linked like this is a rare moment.

Reviewed by Horst in Translation ([email protected]) 6 / 10

How can you not love him?

By now, everybody should have come to see the light that Werner Herzog is pretty much the coolest person alive. In this 20-minute short film, a bearded Herzog ends up eating a shoe after having lost a bet to a colleague. The whole thing is a promo-gag to help another filmmaker and friend of Herzog find a distributor for his film. He cooked the shoe for five hours, added some Kentucky Fried Chicken to it and finally has to eat it now. As we see the action at the event, the film keeps cutting to several different sequences, like Chaplin eating a shoe as well in one of his movies, or scenes from "Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen" and a lot more.

Herzog tells anecdotes about his work, like a cactus tale about the aforementioned film, how the profession of a cook would have been the only real alternative for him had he not become a director (scary thought, I know!), how he picked exactly those shoes that he wore during the bet as he could have taken more easily digestible ones, but doesn't like cowards or how he's glad that he does not have to do such events for his own movies as he's lucky enough to get distributors. It's not a must-watch by any means, but an insightful little fun movies and there's not many ways you could spend a better 20 minutes because as Herzog says that "once in a while we should be foolish enough to do things like that". Shame that he still has not won an Oscar. Funnily enough, the film-maker who is supported by Herzog here already won one by now. Anyway, it's a good watch and I recommend it. Herzog is always a joy to watch and listen to.

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