When the trailer for Werner Herzog's 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans' was first released, showing Nicolas Cage as a drugged-out, manic cop hallucinating about iguanas and yelling phrases like "To the breaka dawn, baby," it was hard to decipher the line between planned absurdity and unintentional comedy. But never underestimate one of the most celebrated filmmakers in film history, whose incorporation of bizarre characters, integral location, and a determined, if slightly unhinged, protagonist are central to many of his works.
At 67, the famed German director, heralded for shooting in the world's most remote locations under excruciating circumstances, shows no signs of slowing down. In January, Herzog will debut his Rogue Film School, a 3-day intensive seminar taught by the director himself which eschews any technical teachings in favor of "a climate [of] excitement that makes film possible." (Subjects include "the art of lockpicking" and "the exhilaration of being shot at unsuccessfully.") Herzog spoke to us about 'Bad Lieutenant' -- a retooling of the controversial 1992 film starring Harvey Keitel -- and why film schools shouldn't expect a call back anytime soon.