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Encounters at the End of the World
Off the map, things get strange.
Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger go to Antarctica to meet people who live and work there, and to capture footage of the continent's unique locations. Herzog's voiceover narration explains that his film will not be a typical Antarctica film about "fluffy penguins", but will explore the dreams of the people and the landscape.
Herzog once again, delivers a movie like nothing else. Something that makes you feel alive. Something that makes visiting Antarctica not only enjoyable but life affirming. It's that powerful.
If I could describe this film using only one word that word would be ethereal. Definition provided by Google, "extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world." That is such a perfect summation of the average Werner Herzog film. He takes something that may appear to be of this world and forces you to see it in the light he chooses. He turns Antarctica, a continent generally reserved for informative science documentaries and turns it into a piece of art. A creepy, cold, but extremely…
An Herzog film has this feeling, that Herzog presumably puts in his films, that make them appear as if we are simply observing them.
Especially when Herzog himself is narrating his films, it makes it as if the viewer is an alien who came down to Earth to observe the actions of the human beings.
This is sometimes Herzog's intention, like in Lessons of Darkness, or as the actual story as in The Wild Blue Yonder.
Herzog promised this film, set in Antartica, would not focus on fluffy penguins (which is half right, as there is a very brief part about them),
the film focuses more on human nature, our place on earth, the beauty of Antartica, and most of…
Part of my 5 Directors x 5 Unseen Films (5) challenge.
Writer-director Werner Herzog has a penchant for filming in locations where nobody else goes, from the depths of the Amazon rain forest to Alaskan tundra and caves deep in the earth. Here, he brings his endless curiosity to the Antarctic to capture images so strange and beautiful, they seem like worlds beyond this Earth.
Many of his subjects here are natural: microscopic single-celled species previously undiscovered, giant seals whose voices sound like the track from a Pink Floyd album, a deranged penguin bent on a suicidal trek across the frozen continent, and eerie colonies of mollusks and sea urchins living at sub-zero temperatures.
But the most interesting aspect of…
If there's one thing to be said about Herzog's view of nature, it's that it's at odds with the view of nature that most people (in my experience) share. I think most people view nature as beautiful and harmonious and giving, if a little dangerous. I don't share that view, and I doubt Herzog shares it either, even though he has a great affection for the natural world. His view of nature is not one of beauty, but one of chaos and murder:
"Of course we are challenging nature itself, and it hits back. It just hits back that's all and that's grandiose about it and we have to accept that it is much stronger than we are. Kinski always…
No, this is not a film about fluffy penguins... It's a film about fluffy SUICIDAL penguins. There's also some hum0ns tossed in there, but whatever, fuck 'em.
Three languages have died in the time it took me to write this review
Werner Herzog’s prolific career has taken him to the Amazon jungle, the streets of the Netherlands, the jungles of Thailand, rural Wisconsin, and with this documentary he’s gone all the way to Antarctica. Herzog is an iconic personality; he’s like a gentle but somewhat insane intellectual with a tendency to spout off esoteric comments at a moment’s notice. His opening narration promises that he’s not going to Antarctica simply to “make another movie about penguins” and he delivers on that promise. In fact the film focuses more on the various eccentric scientists who dwell in the south pole than it does on the animals and scenery. Among them are a linguist living on a continent without language, cell biologists who…
It was a documentary kind of day.
"Dr. Ainley, is there such a thing as insanity among penguins?"
A reflection of life and origins. I liked the editing. I liked his humor and the way he captures his thoughts and makes us a part of his world and mind.
Amazing cinematography, unique people and really interesting questions and juxtapositions. It's a Herzog movie, so it's curious about huge things like how and why we're here, and man's place in the world and in nature, but it does so through these ultra-personal interviews and an intimate scope. Part nature doc, it's a mix of little and big, personal and universal, outside and in. And it really just works.
With 5,000 kilometers ahead of him, he's heading towards certain death.
Inspiring and romantic. I think I could listen to Herzog lament on the state of existence for hours.
The title of this beautiful piece works on many levels, it is the edge of the map; it is the scientists looking beyond what is known and breaking new ground (they are the new explorers, after the polar adventures erased "the last white spots on the map"). Finally the title encompasses all of us in a larger sense with humankind now potentially standing and looking at the last straight before we end our collective existence.
Another incredible documentary from Herzog. The contrast between the human encampment and the underwater beauty is striking. Funnier, too, compared to some of Herzog's other docs, and you can sense a twinge of bemusement at the plight of the penguins and of some of the stranger folks who occupy Antarctica.
I can't decide if i'd rather be a philosopher forklift driver or wear a bucket on my head all day.
I have an affection for quirky eccentric people in isolated/remote places, so when I heard about this Werner Herzog documentary about Antarctica (with a focus on the people who inhabit it, and the scientists who investigate it) I expected to like it.
What I found is that I more than liked it; I think I revered it.
If I had to sum up why this movie worked so well, it’s very succinct, and understated. In someone else’s hands, it could have easily become over-long, over-dramatic, over-sensationalized, overstating why Antarctica’s so unique / important / interesting. But Herzog sends you to an overwhelming place, and makes it feel like you’re sampling delicious delicacies, not over-eating the buffet.
Rather than lecture on…
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