Thursday, June 7, 2012

Fata Morgana (1971)

Director: Werner Herzog. 79 min. West Germany. Documentary. 

Herzog's films are all meditative, but among the twenty-one of his films I've seen, this was by far the most. Long traveling shots of the Sahara Desert (mirages being the common point of many), with background Leonard Cohen music, is what I would call experimental at best. No, it's not boring - Herzog has always been the master of putting the most mundane images into a different perspective and making them attractive, as an opening repetitious shot of planes landing at an airstrip should easily prove. But I wouldn't describe this as entertainment, which was the original purpose of movies.

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