Watch: Werner Herzog Analyzes Kanye Wests Famous Music Video


The legendary filmmaker–with the legendary voice–gives his take on the most controversial music video of the year.[ Warning: NSFW] “>

The many journeys of Werner Herzog have taken Germanys greatest living philosopher-auteur across the globe in search of human truths in all their sorts, distilling his Herzogisms upon everything from lives lived in isolation at the ends of the earth to the augmented reality warzones we make on our smartphones every day, just trying to catch Pokmon on the street.

But even the famously anti-tech Herzog couldnt resist dissecting the siren call of life and art in the digital age. His latest cinema , Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World , meditates the good, the bad, and the toxic realities of our modern online existence. Meanwhile, hes made use of the Internet to recruit protgs to his Rogue Film School and this summer even debuted a six-hour online filmmaking course for the hopeful Herzogs of the future.

So when I met with Herzog this week to discuss the agony and ecstasy of relentlessly digital living, I asked the inimitable filmmaker and accidental cultural critic if he might like to analyze the latest run of Kanye West, the internets own Fitzcarraldo, whose 10-minute Famous music video( dir. Kanye West) racked up over 13 million views on YouTube, fueled a celebu-brawl that wreaked havoc across all your faves Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, and is up for an MTV VMA for Video of the Year. The ever-curious Herzog gamely leapt at the chance.

I have never seen anything like this, the filmmaker raved, his eyes twinkling.

Watch Herzog on Kanyes Famous in the video below, edited by Nathan Place:

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