Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lessons of Darkness A.K.A. Lektionen in Finsternis (1992)

A German French British documentary directed by Werner Herzog.
The effects of war, oil and fire on the Middle East are shown.
This was all about camera-work. They used lots of truck-mounted and helicopter shots to show the bleak landscape of the Kuwait desert after the war. They also got some good closeups and used slow motion to change the speed of spouting oil and flames. The light narration was done from a very disconnected point of view. It begins with "A planet in our solar system" and describes the oil workers as creatures. What little narrative element there is seems like an afterthought to getting good videos. Slow classical music makes up the soundtrack, as in most Herzog films I've seen so far. Overall, I would say that it is worth watching the 54 minute duration just for the video aspect alone. I rate this adequate.

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