Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
DIRECTED BY LES BLANK
USA, 1980, 20 MIN
Sponsored by Governor's Office of Film & Entertainment and Film Florida
Back when Morris was still a struggling Berkeley grad student, the legendary German director Werner Herzog promised to eat one of his weathered desert boots if Morris ever had the “guts” to finally make a movie. When Morris premiered Gates of Heaven, Herzog made good on his pledge, and Tampa native Les Blank (who would go on to chronicle the ill-fated production of Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo in his documentary Burden of Dreams) was there to capture the event in all its bizzaro glory.