ship across a mountain range.
"I want audiences to trust their eyes
again," says Herzog. "I don't use digi-
tal tricks or special effects."
True to his credo, he cast Finnish
acting novice Jouko Ahola, three-time
winner of the world's strongest man
competition, as Breitbart in the
"When we show Jouko lifting 900
pounds, he is actually lifting 900
pounds," Herzog says.
The director's insistence on truth in
moviemaking is even more apparent in
a brief, repeated dream scene in
Invincible, in which Breitbart stands
amid millions of crabs scuttling across
To get this particular footage,
Herzog waited for six months after the
rest of the film had been completed to
transport crew and star to Christmas
Island in the Indian Ocean. Once
there, they had to wait 12 more days
for the beginning of the monsoon
mating season, when 80 million crabs
gather at this particular spot.
What's the meaning of this very
expensive dream sequence? Herzog
was asked. Does it symbolize Nazi
brownshirts crawling across Europe?
"I don't have an answer," he
responds. "There is a very disturbing
metaphor in this scene, but I can't tell
you what it means. There is no clear-
cut symbolism, yet I believe it belongs
in the film."
Invincible got bad to vicious reviews
in Germany which Herzog ascribed to
a lifelong vendetta against him among
German critics, and to his country-
men's penchant for "bashing their liv-
By contrast, says Herzog, he received
the longest standing ovation of his life
when Invincible was shown at the
Venice Film Festival.
He is more concerned about how
the movie will be received by Jewish
"I might just put a film print under
my arms and take it to Israel," he says.
"I have a feeling that it will be appre-
He is even more curious how _Jewish
audiences in America and elsewhere in
the Diaspora will react.
"That will be a real test for me and
the outcome means a lot to me, but I
really don't know," he says. "I get sweaty
palms just thinking about it." ❑
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