Lessons of Darkness (1995)

Lessons of Darkness

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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Werner Herzog
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On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
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Critic Reviews for Lessons of Darkness

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A staggering, faux-extraterrestrial fugue

February 6, 2010
CinePassion

Though shot straightforward, it all looks so nightmarish, alien and surreal.

Full Review… | March 28, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of Herzog's earliest - and most evocative - cinematic essays on the uneasy relationships between man and Earth, unaffected reality and orchestrated drama.

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

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.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Lays the groundwork for Herzog's masterpiece Aguirre: The Wrath of God.

Full Review… | April 12, 2005
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Lessons of Darkness

Werner Herzog takes us to an Alien planet, where fairytale characters behave in bizarre and often cruel ways, cause harm to each other and basically behave illogically. Then, sledgehammer to the face, wake up and smell the coffee, its planet earth man, we're the ridiculous species, capable of unbelievable cruelty and destruction. War has never been so beautiful, typical Herzog greatness. I found it to be much better than his other similar films, The wild blue yonder and Fata Morgana.

SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Apocalyptic, nightmarish, but at the same time, a very beautiful poem-like documentary. Director Herzog succeeded to create such a mythical story to accompany the raw, visceral footages of the chaotic Kuwaitian oil fields. The lack of narrative but more use of operatic music adds to the film's hypnotic effect. There is never been a film where apocalyptic images is shown as beautiful as it is depicted in this little masterpiece of filmmaking. A film to be experienced but a great bore for someone not interested with these kind, particularly Herzog's films.

Ivan6655321
Ivan Descartin

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