Lessons of Darkness (1992)
Average Rating: 8/10
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Release Date: Oct 25, 1995 Limited
Average Rating: 4.1/5
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Straddling a line between documentary and science fiction, Werner Herzog's Lektionen in Finsternis is an epic visual poem set in the burning oil fields of Kuwait following the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. Herzog, as much a daredevil as a documentarian, took his small crew in a helicopter and, floating above the fields, photographed jaw-dropping footage of the blazing, blackened landscape. Alternately horrific and majestic, the movie is a phantasmagoric, if distanced, catalog of horrors. Boiling
Oct 25, 1995 Limited
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A staggering, faux-extraterrestrial fugue
Though shot straightforward, it all looks so nightmarish, alien and surreal.
One of Herzog's earliest - and most evocative - cinematic essays on the uneasy relationships between man and Earth, unaffected reality and orchestrated drama.
Herzog is a fearless, meticulous director who approaches his subject in a timeless manner, turning this disaster into a great theme, a story for all time.
Exotic animals, gutted structures, rusting vehicles, orientalist tourists - each a fragment of a hazy and disassembled culture mapped onto a desert wasteland
Anchor Bay has packaged two of his (Herzog's) works in the non-fiction genre (though the director prefers the term windows into another world over documentary), and the result will delight his fans and others interested in adventurous movie making.
One of the few films that truly deserves to be labeled with the adjective astonishing.
Two of Werner Herzog's best non-fiction efforts are combined as a double-feature DVD -- they show Herzog's impressive willingness to take risks and stretch outside even his own unconventional parameters.
It's a meditative, powerful, unique and strangely beautiful movie.
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