Lessons of Darkness (1995)
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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.
Audience Reviews for Lessons of Darkness
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.
visually stunning, but as far as plot empty. the majority of the film is images of war and oil wells being destroyed and re-built. Daniel Day Lewis' character in 'There Will be Blood' would be proud.
This movie was actually much more interesting than I thought it would be. It feels less like a documentary and more like just some sort of visual experiment. It's short and doesn't drag on at all. It's also a very powerful film, very beautifully done. The music in particular is really interesting, as it certainly lends a distinctive feel to the rest of the movie. Interesting premise dealt with in an interesting way. Certainly worth an hour of time just to sit down and watch.
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