The White Diamond (2004)
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Werner Herzog once again turns his eye on the beautiful and dangerous wilds of the Amazon in this documentary. Dr. Graham Dorrington is a scientist who specializes in designing experimental aircraft, and in 1992 he invented a unique man-powered airship intended to travel into the Amazon canopy of Guyana, with the goal studying the medicinal herbs said to grow there. However, Dorrington's aircraft proved to be flawed, and an accident on its first voyage into the Amazon claimed the life of Dieter
Nov 13, 2004 Wide
Oct 25, 2005
Werner Herzog Filmproduktion
Although The White Diamond is entire of itself, it earns its place among the other treasures and curiosities in Herzog's work.
When we finally see the ship sailing through majestic cloud formations over the breathtaking Amazon canopy, the name seems absolutely fitting -- for a gem of an aircraft and a jewel of a movie.
Herzog's eye for the weird sometimes makes the docu feel strained, but engaging characters imbue the pic with depth and emotional appeal.
A minor but often visually stunning meditation on nature and man's desire to conquer it.
The film is rather aimless, if not pointless, but you cannot take your eyes off it for one second.
Magnificent shots of waterfalls and other natural phenomena abound, but it's far too late in the history of nature photography to expect anyone to gawk at them.
Herzog illustrates through both Dorrington and the Rastafarian the wonder of simply being human.
The film is one small story and how it can be presented and interpreted to mean so much, giving significance to a more introspective definition of triumph.
A superb portrait of the dangers as well as euphoria that can come from chasing one's most treasured dreams.
Herzog loves to document humanity's perpetual struggle with nature, and in The White Diamond, the jungle -- sometimes makes sophisticated human technology laughably clumsy.
An intoxicating dream of a film that speaks to the daydreamer in all of us.
In The White Diamond, man and nature barely rub against each other, and it's this friction that makes for the film's most astounding images.
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