Friday, April 22, 2016

Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (1993)

A German American documentary directed by Werner Herzog.
Various belief systems of Russian people are examined with interviews of leaders and followers.
This was kind of cool. It showed a wide range of spiritual ideas and an even wider array of characters. If I were asked to pick a religion based on this film, I would be with the people visiting the shaman in the beginning. They seemed reasonable enough. They had come for some advice and to have incense blown on them. This section also contained throat singing performances by local musicians. There was also an interview with a former film projectionist who now rings church bells. He seemed relatively sane too. Everyone else seemed bat shit nuts to me. Most of all, I would never follow the Jesus impersonator. The best story was told by a woman at the end who went to a lake that supposedly contains a sunken city. She told of her encounter with angels there and hearing bells from the sunken city. Overall, pretty cool and good variety. I rate this adequate.

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