We’re in the courtyard of the hotel Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood. Cool breezes cut through the warm air. Lord, is it nice here. Werner Herzog, 70, is Germany’s most famous living director and perhaps the best-known German artist abroad (in 2009 Time included him in its list of "100 Most Influential People in the World"). He looks like a sociology teacher, wearing a brown Woolrich zip sweater and tousled hair. Ages ago, he appeared on the scene as a leader of the New German Cinema with Volker Schlöndorff, Wim Wenders and Alexander Kluge. His truly mystical early works – "Aguirre, Wrath of God" (1972), "Fitzcarraldo" (1982), "Cobra Verde" (1987) – were always better received outside Germany. His latest films – "Grizzly Man," "Bad Lieutenant," "The Cave of Forgotten Dreams," "Death Row" – made hardly any impact in Germany.