Here is the transcript of a speech he presented in Milano, Italy. The preamble makes it clear these remarks were, in large measure, extemporaneous…which makes the cogency and beauty of the speech all the more impressive.
Have you read his film diary of the making of “Fitzcarraldo”? Conquest of the Useless is the best book, fiction or non-fiction, I’ve read in the past two or three years. If you don’t already own a copy, film fan, for God’s sake what are you waiting for?
(My thanks for the indefatigable Gord Ames for sending me the link to Herzog’s speech and lots of other great stuff over the last couple of years.)