Lessons of Darkness (1995)
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Critic Reviews for Lessons of Darkness
Living up to its opening quote about the end of the universe, Lessons of Darkness is a glimpse at a world-death caused by humanity - one we haven't entirely avoided yet.
Though shot straightforward, it all looks so nightmarish, alien and surreal.
One of Herzog's earliest - and most evocative - cinematic essays on the uneasy relationships between man and Earth, unaffected reality and orchestrated drama.
Herzog is a fearless, meticulous director who approaches his subject in a timeless manner, turning this disaster into a great theme, a story for all time.
Audience Reviews for Lessons of Darkness
Apocalyptic, nightmarish, but at the same time, a very beautiful poem-like documentary. Director Herzog succeeded to create such a mythical story to accompany the raw, visceral footages of the chaotic Kuwaitian oil fields. The lack of narrative but more use of operatic music adds to the film's hypnotic effect. There is never been a film where apocalyptic images is shown as beautiful as it is depicted in this little masterpiece of filmmaking. A film to be experienced but a great bore for someone not interested with these kind, particularly Herzog's films.
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