- Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
name = Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
imdb_id = 0081746
Werner Herzog, Tom Luddy Michael Goodwin Alice Waters
runtime = 20 min.
language = English
"Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" is a short documentary film directed by
Les Blankin 1980which depicts director Werner Herzogliving up to his promise that he would eat his shoe if Errol Morrisever completed the film " Gates of Heaven".
The film features Herzog cooking his shoes (the ones he claims to have been wearing when he made the bet) at the
Berkeley, Californiarestaurant, Chez Panissewith the help of chef Alice Waters. (The shoe was boiled with garlic, herbs, and stock for 5 hours.) He is shown eating one of the shoes before an audience at the premiere of "Gates of Heaven" at the nearby UC Theater. He did not eat the sole of the shoe, however, explaining that one does not eat the bones of the chicken.
Blank went on to direct "
Burden of Dreams" (1982), a feature-length documentary about Herzog and the making of " Fitzcarraldo". "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe" is included as an extra on the Criterion Collectionedition of the "Burden of Dreams" DVD.
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=287 The Criterion Collection DVD]
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