A fascinating look at a place often forgotten. Herzog as always delivers his poetic irony to spruce up the usual documentary approach. The penguin scene is genuinely sad, while some of the people's back stories are crazy. Definitely worth watching to both the globally aware and those interested in studying people.
A tribute to human ingenuity and curiosity to explore the confines of our threatened world and the utopia behind our purest dreams. Herzog romanticises mankind & nature waltzing with oddballs, travellers & visionaries wandering on carpets of pristine snow, diving under domes of luminous ice, an assemble of quixotes leading the way for humanity through our last frontiers while also glimpsing at our inevitable demise.
Herzog puts together a beautiful documentary: it's personal and global at the same time, and it speaks to a lot of audiences. I simply love the penguins segment because it is so sad, poor crazy bird. He also meets with a bunch of cool characters, but searching for the wild life, the people and the poetry, he lost me into these paths.
AN ETHEREAL TRIP TO ANOTHER PLANET WITH A MAN NOT EASILY TAKEN FOR A RIDE. From him opening with the snide penguin remark, to him including a penguin suicide march, to cutting short the interviews. This is 100% a real movie made to document something. Not a documentary.
I've watched this film half a dozen times. I think of these people, in the course of my life. I think of ice cream in Antarctica, evolution as escape from horror, the obstinately dapper vulcanologist, the nihilistic penguin, the well-preserved sturgeon, the packed bag, Shackleton in the styrofoam... Every scene is iconic. "Rapturous truth that transcends the factually mundane" says Roger Ebert. Documentary poetry.
One of my personal favorite Herzog films, and one of his best documentaries. Through a moving soundtrack and engaging imagery, Herzog conveys the story of the people living in Earth's most inhospitable place: the researchers of Antarctica. Conveyed with Herzog's cerebral style, it is a delight to the senses, and a story for the world's beautiful, mad dreamers.