Sunday, May 16, 2010

Movie: Encounters at the End of the World

Werner Herzog's Antarctica documentary. He spends way more time interviewing the strange characters he meets than I expected. Still, he manages to draw out some interesting stories. He does spend a little too much effort trying to raise the emotional significance of the events his interviewees are describing. Still, there is some incredible footage in the film, and he makes liberal but apposite use of the footage from the Shackleton expedition.

The penguin scene is amazing. And the seal calls are mind-boggling.

Overall, more restrained than I expected, but not devoid of Herzogian craziness.

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