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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.
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…
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.
Encounters at the end of the world is probably my least favorite Werner Herzog documentary so far, not because it's badly made, but because I didn't connect to the subject matter as much. I was pretty distracted by how people could endure such cold. As an African, it doesn't make any sense to me why people would subject themselves to that on a daily basis. But I digress…
This documentary takes a look at the special little club of scientists and drifters who've found themselves floating on a glacier in the south pole. They have their routines and pleasures that keep most of them sane, but some have started to drift off from humanity…
werner herzog's documentary is mesmerizing.here herzog meets some people driven by obsession to the end of wolrd.it consists of some oddly beautiful and haunting footages such as the underwater footage,deranged penguin,volcanoes and a lot more. just an other herzog film which blows me away.a must watch
After seeing Encounters at the End of the World I've made a resolution to watch all Herzog's films. Although it feels like the director wants to leave an impression that he has no faith in humanity, this beautiful piece of film making proves him wrong. Wonderful
I know I'll never make it to Antarctica and when a friend recommended this documentary it seemed like a good way to see what it is like. I had no idea so many different kinds of research were underway in that icy environment.
And there is Warner Herzog too. I admit it took me several visits to the video store, weighing the Herzog-factor, before I gave in and rented this. His involvement was much as I recall it from Cave of Forgotten Dreams. The dreamy German voiceover, with the (evidently) requisite 10 minutes of insane pondering over some very strange question (in this case about what aliens 1,000 years in the future would think of some of the goofy things people have sitting around). Oh Werner, you dreamer!
Other than that, though it was interesting. Not ground breaking but good enough.
Encounters at the End of the World American documentary film by German auteur Werner Herzog. Russian Orthodox church choirs provided much of the soundtrack for Werner Herzog's new film on Antarctica. Herzog is a filmmaker with taste for surreal and spectacular.
Scientists working at McMurdo Station research facility. Herzog goes to fields to Amazonian jungles to the Australian outback. Herzog and his cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger go to Antarctica to meet people who live and work there. Herzog narrates the entire movie. Documentary explores South Pole, interview with penguin scientist David Ainley, next the duo visits Mount Erebus, and interview volcanologists - Herzog and Zeitlinger later explore inside ice caves.
While not powerful as later project by Werner Herzog 'Cave Of…
Right off the bat, Werner Herzog expresses his concern that people, especially the production company, would expect his trek to Antarctica to be another fluffy penguin movie. However, any romanticism that March of the penguins may have produced about Antarctica is quickly swiped away. Instead, Herzog makes a beautiful, yet also dark and even funny movie, that focuses not only on the continent itself, but on the people who choose to leave their lives in civilization and set up came in the harshest conditions on earth. Are these people insane, savants, or are they just willing to sacrifice their sanity to experience the beauty that is the last frontier on earth?
The home base for the film is at McMurdo…
Vaya con dios little penguin.
Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"
The existential intensity of the Antarctic offers the ideal backdrop for the icy precision of Werner Herzog’s voiceover in Encounters at the End of the World, his documentary follow-up to the extraordinary Grizzly Man and a film that, together with that earlier effort, ensured the director’s newfound fame as a factual filmmaker. In both the physical and psychological sense, what drives humanity to such desperate places is what drives Herzog here, exploring the McMurdo Station as a peculiar paean to the dichotomous fibre of our being as solitary and communal characters not so different to a pathetic little penguin rushing off helplessly to a distant death. He cuts to the heart of human behaviour much as his voice on the soundtrack sifts through the platitudes of the people he interviews; the world and its end as seen through Werner Herzog’s eyes are odd things indeed, but how enlivening.
Very stunning pictures of Antartica. Not much of a story tough
I heard if you stare into the deepest snow you can see your own last words
If you’re a fan of Werner Herzog’s direction and artistic viewpoint of the world (not to mention his unique voice), then you’ll probably like this film. However, it’s not one of his best. It’s filled with some outstanding cinematography, intriguing individuals and Herzog’s remarkable insight, but it seems to lack direction. It’s almost as if he woke up one morning and said, “Let’s go to Antarctica and film a movie!” for no reason at all.
Great moments here: the lady who rode in a pipe through Central America, the scientist studying the smallest particles in existence, and the penguin who may have mental illness. Herzog speaking of veritable human encounters, without a strong emphasis on otherness - the spectacle in this case being relationships forged in a desolate place, versus glaciers or indifferent forces, which is a deviation for Herzog. His questions - "Why doesn't a monkey straddle a goat" - are as outlandish as ever.
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