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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.
Even now he's well into the swing of a career revival that began with 2005's Grizzly Man, it still feels a bit startling and odd to see a Herzog film on a commercial channel (Quest, in this case) with ad breaks and everything.
One thing I like about Herzog's films is that he's very responsive to his surroundings. Give him a ruined old building and he'll turn in something like the last film of his I saw, Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices, where his camera roams and creeps around a series of fantasies and narrative tangents. In Encounters at the End of the World he's moving across a series of small, cramped research labs, and the film feels like it…
Very interesting. I have very mixed feelings about this. As a film I want to say it doesn't work and is really poorly constructed, yet it was so oddly hypnotic and set my imagination on fire.
A fascinating look at the Antarctic area.
Always enjoy a good Werner. His joy and fascination with the world is infectious. It's like breathing pure life.
I guess I'm just not that big a fan of Herzog, or of his documentaries specifically.
I dunno, there's a lot of stuff to like here (particularly near the end, where the film manages to find its footing and express its ideas most clearly), but it never seems to form a cohesive whole. As with Grizzly Man, I found that Herzog spent too much time simply documenting the events, instead of putting his own spin on them with that brilliant narration of his. As such, there's too much of the silent underwater videos that serve little thematic purpose and not enough of Herzog himself.
So, as noted, the film comes together best near the end, with the insane penguin bit…
"I would not come up with another film about penguins. My questions about nature, I let them know, were different."
Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World sees the German director venturing to the south pole, where he documents the stories of the inhabitants, human and animal, as well as the terrain and the wider state of the planet as seen from one of it's extremes.
Herzog's greatest strength is that he is as much a philosopher as a documentarian, and Encounters at the End of the World is filled with his unique insights as well as striking and poetic images.
It is hard to single out, but Herzog's disdain for humanity's colonisation of this once untouched wilderness and a discussion of mental illness in penguins, are two standout sequences in a brilliant film.
En esta segunda vez me ha gustado más y me da la impresión de que se trata de una de sus películas más extremas en cuanto a objetivos y dispositivo formal (pese a aparentar modestia): Es una película sobre un grupo muy refinado de lobos solitarios. Uno se pregunta cómo debe de ser la gente que decide emigrar a una geografía tan inhóspita y la respuesta parece casar bien con la agenda poética de Herzog...supervivientes, aventureros, soñadores o alérgicos a la civilización. Vamos, personajes típicamente herzogianos. A veces, el bávaro tiene que rascar en la superficie de la sociedad para buscar sus outsiders, pero esta es una de sus pocas películas en las que a toda una comunidad puede adjudicársele…
Pretty fantastic- beautify cinematography and not As cynical as herzog is reputed for. He's not nilhistic, just hardened by the harsh environments
That scene where they press their ears to the ice and listen to the seal songs is one of the most beautiful things ever.
It was fine, although far from Herzog's best. Some nice cinematography and incredibly imagery, with utterly absorbing narration from the German legend, but it didn't really grab me like some of his others have.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
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Some of the greatest camerawork of all-time, in my opinion.