Werner Herzog, the well-known film director and film legend [Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1978), Fitzcarraldo (1982)], praised Benedict XVI in a December 7 interview with German newspaper Die Welt.

Asked if he planned a similar film project about Benedict XVI, as Wim Wenders had done about Francis, Herzog said that Benedict was the much more interesting person. “Nobody had such deep thoughts in 300 years as he – nobody!” Herzog likes to speak Latin himself. “No one speaks more Latin today, except for old Benedict.” The emeritus Pope is for him the “deepest thinker”. “I think with disdain that he spoke in front of the Bundestag in 2011 and many MPs left the plenary, and probably missed the best speech ever held there.”

The above comes from a Dec. 10 story on Kath.net.