"Herzog takes an epic view of the Earth." -Los Angeles Times
In the aftermath of the Gulf War, retreating Iraqi soldiers left the oil fields of Kuwait a raging inferno. True to form as perhaps the world's most death-defying filmmaker, Werner Herzog and a small camera crew arrived on the scene to film the carnage.
What resulted was Lessons of Darkness - less a simple documentary about an environmental catastrophe that it is an apocalyptic vision of hell, Herzog has created a science fiction film, in which our planet vanishes beneath pillars of flame, oceans of oil, and impenetrable clouds of smoke.
Punctuated by soaring music and Herzog's own commentary, Lessons of Darkness is a powerful, breathtaking and strangely beautiful portrait of a world on fire.
~~Bonus: Fata Morgana
In one of the strangest and most mesmerizing films ever made, world-renowned director Werner Herzog brings his cameras to the Sahara desert in order to film mirages.
But Fata Morgana (literally, "mirage") is much more than that - as Herzog combines the apocalyptic, often hallucinatory images he discovered in the desert (plane wreckage, exotic beasts, and one of the oddest musical cts ever filmed) with passages from the Mayan creation myth, transforming a simple trick of the light into what he calls "a science-fiction elegy of demented colonialism."