Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
When Morris ultimately finished the film and premiered it before an audience at UC Berkeley a short time later, Herzog proved that he was a man of his word. Fortunately, legendary documentary filmmaker Les Blank was there to capture this unique dining experience on film. This highly entertaining short depicts Herzog preparing his leather shoe for consumption with the help of famed Chez Panisse chef Alice Waters. As the shoe cooks for five hours in a mixture of garlic, onion, duck fat, rosemary, salt and Tabasco sauce, Herzog shares his fascinating thoughts on a variety of topics including television, commercials, talk shows and the future of film.
Herzog's challenge may have been just the nudge that Errol Morris needed, as Gates of Heaven became his first documentary feature and kick-started a long and illustrious career. The film, which Herzog called "pure, mature and authentic," was subsequently championed by film critic Roger Ebert who long heralded it as one of the best films of all time.
By Andrea Passafiume