Five minutes into our interview, filmmaker Werner Herzog reveals that he doesn’t like talking about himself or what drives him.

"My knowledge of myself is limited, and we shouldn’t get too deep into it. I don’t want this to end up like a confessional,” he says via video last month. "I still try to avoid psychological introspection.”

Herzog steers from self-reflection in part by throwing himself into work. He has made films at an astonishing clip — more than 70 in the past 61 years, by his count.