The film documents Herzog fulfilling a bet he made with Errol Morris.
Roger Ebert has said, “After twenty years of reviewing films, I haven’t found another filmmaker who intrigues me more. Errol Morris is like a magician, and as great a filmmaker as Hitchcock or Fellini.”
If Morris would finish his brilliant first feature “Gates of Heaven,” Herzog said he would eat his shoe. He uses this public stunt to say some very serious things about American pop culture, filmmakers becoming ‘clowns’ to promote their work, and the culture of images (or lack thereof).