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Cave of Forgotten Dreams' Herzog Likes All-Purpose Title for All His Films: Gazing into the Abyss

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 27, 2011 at 11:09AM

In this AV Club Cave of Forgotten Dreams Q & A, director Werner Herzog admits that the title Gazing into the Abyss would work for just about any of his films. It's true. Here's our exclusive clip from Cave.
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In this AV Club Cave of Forgotten Dreams Q & A, director Werner Herzog admits that the title Gazing into the Abyss would work for just about any of his films. It's true. Here's our exclusive clip from Cave.

AVC: All of the action in Cave Of Forgotten Dreams happens internally, making it a curious choice for 3-D. Why did you decide to shoot in that format?

WH: The first time I ever entered into the cave, I immediately knew it had to be 3-D. I was allowed for one hour into the cave just to access the technical problems that were out there. I had no camera or photo apparatus with me. It was immediately clear that it was imperative to do it in 3-D, and it’s obvious when you see it. Sounding deep into the abysses of time, and into the origin of the modern human soul. It’s strange, I’m now doing a film with death-row inmates, and as a general umbrella title, I thought about “Gazing Into The Abyss,” and then I thought that would have been a fine title for the cave film. It fits for almost every film I’ve made. Bad Lieutenant, Aguirre, you just name it.

AVC: Grizzly Man.
WH: Grizzly Man, yes.

[Hat Tip: Movie City News.]

This article is related to: Genres, Independents, Indies, Exhibition, Documentaries, IFC, 3D


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.