Planet Herzog


New York Times reviews Werner Herzog’s Antarctic documentary “Encounters at the end of the World” calling it ‘hauntingly beautiful’. The film is set at McMurdo Station, and features ‘melancholy’ scientists, extended landscape shots, Weddell seals, and jellyfish.

NYT reviewer Manohla Dargis credits the director for avoiding the trappings of “casual talk about global warming and other calamities might cast shadows across this bright expanse” through artistic beauty and an “unshakable faith in human beings”.

It would be thrilling to see Werner Herzog sit down with Wallace Broecker in the SEED Salon, to discuss his recent remarks favoring carbon sequestration in the deep-sea. That’s an art and science conversation I would certainly not want to miss.

Werner Herzog directed many documentaries, including “Grizzly Man” and “Klaus Kinski”. He was a teacher of Errol Morris. He is known as an auteur, with a unique personal style.

From Internet Movie Database:

His films contain long, extended landscape shots.
His films contain animals doing unusual things.

Hm. Sounds like a good date movie. “Encounters at the end of the World” opened yesterday in New York City. What are the chances it will make it to Texas? Not good. More likely I will have to find a way to New York.

One Reply to “Planet Herzog”

  1. Man – they sure make a point of not mentioning any cast and crewmembers at the official website. In fact it seemed designed to offer as little information about the film as possible. Jeesh. Still, I looked at the pictures and they gave one member of the team away. I mean, how many guitar playing divers could there be at McMurdo? Hi Henry!

    I so need to find a way to dive there. May have to settle for watching the film for now. Looks cool.


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