Yes, German film director Werner Herzog really does eat his shoe to fulfill a vow to fellow filmmaker Errol Morris — boldly exemplifying his belief that people must have the guts to attempt what they dream of. Inspiring.
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Filmed at UC Theater and Chez Panisse in Berkeley, he doesn't actually eat the entire shoe, just part of it. They no longer serve shoe at Chez Panisse, but it is still a pretty good restaurant and Berkeley is a great town for films.
A brief documentary in which Herzog fulfills his promise to eat his shoe if Errol Morris finishes a film. The film was GATES OF HEAVEN. The fulfillment of the promise includes substantial (though not always substantive) commentary from Herzog.
A robust appreciation for the absurdity of trying to create something as an artist! Frivolous on the surface, but contains some of Herzog's most lucid discourses upon civilisation's need for "adequate imagery". Plus he eats a shoe.