Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe

  • 1980
  • Directed by: Les Blank
  • Cast: Werner Herzog, Alice Waters, Errol Morris

In the late 1970s, then-rookie documentarist Errol Morris was having trouble finishing his debut Gates of Heaven. Even-then-legendary director bet Morris that he would never finish it, saying that if Morris did, Herzog would eat his shoe. Morris finished the film in 1980 and Herzog, being Herzog, made good on his promise, getting master chef Alice Waters to simmer a leather shoe in stock for five hours before personally consuming the edible bits. Blank's film documents the event.

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