FOEC is back (sooner than expected!) with a double-review episode in which Sandy, James and Jeremy discuss two new films from one of their favourite filmmakers, Werner Herzog.
Herzog is best-known for his quixotic narrative fiction films, such as Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972) and Fitzcorraldo (1982), but the majority of his filmography is composed of documentary films. Herzog's two latest documentaries touch on many themes common across his work: obsession, scientific exploration and mankind's religious and mythological connections with forces beyond our comprehension.
First up is Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World, which is currently playing in UK cinemas, then Into the Inferno, which is now available on Netflix and in limited cinematic release. We close out this episode with a discussion of the thematic through-lines in Herzog's recent documentaries and we give recommendations for next steps in exploring Werner Herzog's documentary catalogue.
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00:00 – Intro + audio clip from Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.
04:33 – Review of Lo & Behold...
19:08 – Audio clip + review of Into the Inferno.
39:22 – Discussion of Grizzly Man, Encounters at the End of the World and Cave of Forgotten Dreams + further recommendations.
THEME SONG: 'Film Film Film!' by Vladimir Golovanov, Fyodor Khitruk and Sokol from Film Film Film! (Фильм, фильм, фильм, 1968)
DOCUMENTARY FILMS BY WERNER HERZOG, MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Fata Morgana (1972, West Germany)
The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (Die Große Ekstasie des Bildschnitzers Steiner, 1974, West Germany)
Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997, France/Germany/UK)
The White Diamond (2004, Germany)
Grizzly Man (2005, USA)
Encounters at the End of the World (2007, USA)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010, Canada/France/Germany/UK/USA)
Lo & Behold, Reveries of the Connected World (2016, USA)
Into the Inferno (2016, Austria/UK)
Zero Days (2016, USA – dir. Alex Gibney)
Jon Ronson's podcast 'The Butterfly Effect'