Lektionen in Finsternis (1992)
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Wow. An instant favourite. Herzog is always brilliant, but this one is something special. Dealing with apocalyptic images in his own idiosyncratic way - every image is beautiful, bizarre and terrible - he transforms what most film-makers would style as a straight documentary into a mesmeric piece of science fiction. Extraordinary footage, constructed with the artists eye. Easily one of Herzog's best in a career filled with wonders.
An Apocalyptic nature documentary, a deep space adventurer's video journal, the transformation of the world into a mythic opera wherein we witness the creation, not of Heaven on Earth, but Hell.
Pretty durn neat!
I agree, absolutely magnificent. The gorgeous, strangely otherworldly cinematography and music work fantastically together in instilling these images into ones brain. 9/10 and my best older movie discovery of 2015 thus far (followed by Umberto D. and Persepolis).
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This movie ranks #47 in BFI's 100 Documentary Films
This movie ranks #47 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #102 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Non-Fiction Films
This movie ranks #120 in iCheckMovies's Most Favorited
This movie ranks #814 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films