Lessons Of Darkness

Starz / Anchor Bay   (1992) / Region 1
Lessons Of Darkness

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"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."


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Oct 25 2001
  • Production Year 1992
  • Empire SKU 42010
  • UPC Code 013131154290
  • Studio  Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-SL


Lessons Of Darkness:
Production Notes
Werner Herzog Bio

Fata Morgana:
Audio Commentary with Writer-Producer-Director Werner Herzog, Norman Hill, and Crispin Glover
Production Notes
Werner Herzog Bio


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
    German Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color
    Widescreen 1.77:1 Color (Anamorphic)



  • Werner Herzog
  • Paul Berriff

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