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Year
1971
Runtime
76 min.
Director
Werner Herzog
Genres
Drama, Comedy, Documentary
Rating *
6.9
Votes *
2,905
Checks
1,024
Favs
55
Dislikes
15
Favs/checks
5.4% (1:19)
Favs/dislikes
4:1
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  1. The_Claw's avatar

    The_Claw

    In Paradise, all you will hear are Leonard Cohen songs. 11 years 6 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Fata Morgana is the term for those heat mirages that make the landscape go blurry. It's also a Werner Herzog documentary (although, I often feel "non-fiction" would be a better label for his docs) that retells a Mayan creation myth, in German, using Saharan landscapes. The odd juxtapositions, an attempt to shoot a mirage of sorts, that of human history according to myth (Creation - Paradise - The Golden Age), Edens lost to eternity. The result is nature/archaeological photography, but including modern effluvia, objects despoiling the desert playing the roles of relics. It's the ancient world, but we're from the 100th Century. Herzog progressively includes more human beings - absent in Creation, then able to speak, and finally, performing - but it's in the absence of things that the film is most interesting. Not even so much the lack of people as the lack of CONTEXT. You're often asking, what happened here? And he gives you the time to reflect on the images and what they mean. Herzog sometimes takes breaks from the narrated tableaux for interviews with zoologists, and these moments are at odds with the rest (no matter how much I like watching a monitor lizard do its thing). Just Herzog being Herzog and getting distracted by stuff that suddenly interests him, I suppose. Bonus points for the Leonard Cohen tracks. 3 months 1 week ago
  3. karuss's avatar

    karuss

    Highly absurdist creation myth- on film - by herzog. Too few films have beautiful photography as this one. The images of abandoned capitalist ventures and western “progress” lying broken on the desert are interspersed with various states of nature that speak truthfully of nature and the need to live, or die. Beautiful. 4 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #29 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2500
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  2. This movie ranks #102 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
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