Werner Herzog’s internet documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World” doesn’t yet have a release date. In the meantime, we’ll have to occupy ourselves with WernerBot, a new Facebook page that allows us to chat with the singular filmmaker behind everything from “Aguirre, the Wrath of God” to “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”…kind of.
Describing itself as “the best and only way to chat with Werner Herzog over the Internet,” WernerBot comes across as an artificial-intelligence version of a PSA about the importance of reading. Seemingly every question or statement you direct toward it will be responded to with variations on “The only thing you should be doing is reading,” “READ” or “Why aren’t you reading?” The only downside to this approach: We don’t get to hear Herzog himself speak his responses in that soothing voice of his.
WernerBot was created using Facebook’s new bot platform by Van Gould and Chris Sheldon, two collaborators based in New York City who appear to have drawn inspiration from a line in Herzog’s most recent book: “Our civilisation is suffering profound wounds because of the wholesale abandonment of reading by contemporary society.” The filmmaker himself is not affiliated with the project, though it’s hard to imagine him objecting to it.
For more, watch the “Lo and Behold” trailer:
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