PN 29: Werner Herzog on “Into the Inferno”
Volcanoes are the focus of Werner Herzog’s new film “Into the Inferno,” now playing on Netflix. He teams with volcanologist Dr. Clive Oppenheimer (author of “Eruptions that Shook the World”) to visit volcanoes in the South Pacific, Indonesia, Iceland, North Korea and beyond. They first met at the top of Antarctica’s volcano Mt Erebus during the making of Herzog’s Oscar-nominated documentary “Encounters at the End of the World.”
In this conversation with Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers, Herzog talks about his new work and his earlier short film about a volcano “La Soufriere” (1977). The interview also touches upon “The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner” (1974) about a ski jumper; and Les Blank’s “The Burden of Dreams” (1982) about the making of Herzog’s fiction film “Fitzcarraldo.”
Herzog also discusses his 20-year collaboration with editor Joe Bini.
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