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Into the Inferno (2016) - Werner Herzog


"You might think that this is a documentary about volcanoes… in which case you wouldn't be wrong. However you have to keep in mind that this is a Werner Herzog documentary about volcanoes. Herzog is not so much interested in the facts about volcanoes (I'm sure he'd tell you to read a book if you want facts) but what volcanoes can tell us about ourselves and about us as a species.


So how does he do it, you might ask. Herzog reaches very far back, very far, in fact right back to the dawn of man – through an archaeological expedition in Ethiopia that aims to uncover a complete skeleton of such an ancient human beneath the blazing sand. And indeed Herzog captures something prehistoric with this documentary; amidst our digital age which often tricks us to believe we've conquered nature, he renders man once again so incredibly small and fragile against the (in contrast) everlasting thermal forces of the earth.


Herzog explores this feeling of impuissance by traveling to tribal communities in the Pacific and by exploring the state of North Korea and the oppressive, propagandistic cult around their leaders (with some at times truly fantastic footage, you have to keep in mind that it's almost impossible to get a permit to film there). In both communities a volcano plays an important role and Herzog expresses multiple times his interest in how volcanoes "create new gods", once again questioning the permanence of our culture which we so often take for granted............." (from a review on IMDB)


I couldn't have said it better, an interesting film from many perspectives, well worth a watch for the Volcanoes, North Korea, and a lot of other interesting stuff.


I liked it, a little disjointed as it jumps from one scenario to another, but very good, never the less.


And full of facts, no media ignorance here.

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Into the Inferno (2016) - Werner Herzog


Always enjoy a good Werner! From "Even Dwarves Started Small" (the title alone...) through to the fake Go The Fuck To Sleep! (or Werner Herzog reads Where's Waldo?... brilliant) he's got a unique spin - except in Happy People, in which he kind of rips off Ulrike Ottinger's Taiga. The fires of Kuwait, Little Dieter Loves to Fly, Fitzcarraldo and Aguirre Wrath of God, there's tons of 'em and you may have to show a little patience, but there's always some good craziness in there.



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