Encounters at the End of the World
Directed by Werner Herzog. US. 2007. G. 99 minutes.
Fri., September 5, 2008 thru Thu., September 11, 2008
"Enthralled by a wild, wondrous natural world that he views as a mutating organism in constant dialogue with its human inhabitants, Werner Herzog is an environmentalist in the purest sense of the term. Notoriously adventurous, the German director—motivated by mesmerizing footage of deep-sea divers swimming beneath the South Pole's ice shelf that he first featured in 2005's fiction-documentary hybrid The Wild Blue Yonder—initiates yet another investigative quest into the planet's (and mankind's) mysteries with Encounters at the End of the World, which charts his journey to Antarctica on the dime of the National Science Foundation. There, he finds a landscape akin to the surface of the moon, a research outpost straight out of The Thing that he suggests might be what early space colonies will look like, and a ragtag group of people who share his fascination with ecological marvels and enigmas, a philosophical temperament, and a wandering daredevil spirit. At home in this vast, majestic frozen wasteland, Herzog is his usual endearingly sincere, bombastic self, his narration flirting with the grandiose and pretentious, and his wry sense of humor at ease with his awestruck curiosity." (Nick Schager, Slant.com)
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