un mauvais rêve ? poule morte, poule qui mangent une poule morte, des nain très vilains qui balancent des poules par les pattes, qui cassent des oeufs, des assiettes, qui rient de leur rires stridents, qui mettent le feu au fleurs... Absurde, cauchemardesque, horripilant. A voir !
I mean, fuck, it reaches an evil that goes well beyond ethics into metaphysics and perhaps a monkey really did need to be crucified to achieve that, but whether it was u̶s̶e̶f̶u̶l̶ necessary in any sense to produce a work of such untrammeled nihilism, I really don't know. Disturbingly this might just be the purest expression of Herzog's world view. Like a snuff film w/ the murder as the structuring absence. 5/0 stars
Breughel, Bosch, Goya, Buñuel, Herzog. Later, Bruce Nauman's Clown Torture. An inside-out portrait of the rampant infantile ids in grown-up bodies that were running amuck in this era, blowing up administration buildings, protesting against The Man, et cetera. Now most of them are stockbrokers. And Herzog saw them for what they were, in real time.
When I watched comics in the 80s riffing on weird foreign movies, I'm pretty sure they saw this bit of insanity. No plot, no story, just a day in the life of a bunch of little people in the loony bin poking a dead pig, cock fighting, setting a car to auto pilot and letting it run around in circles and tying a monkey to a crucifix. Sometimes I wish instead of stars, Mubi had a Nope rating.
...and thus begat PETA. but seriously, please. Herzog at his finest? If the point of the movie is to show how revolutions can destroy themselves, or the insanity of revolutions in general, certainly Herzog with his astute powers of persuasion via celluloid could have chosen a more compelling and less irritating way to convey such notions.
Nope. Even the title is at their expense. The filmmaker allows animals to be abused. Allows his actors do be endangered. The movie attempts to be clever and deep and ends up being annoying and quite shallow. Just a bunch of little people acting poorly and giggling with no purpose. Utterly inane and wretchedly silly and pointless cinema. Hide behind "art" all you like, this is hideous filmmaking.
"Nightmare" is right—this film is less written than it is unleashed, with the camera scrambling to catch as much of the chaos as possible. As a sideshow with some stomach-turning animal cruelty, it's virtually an exploitation film servicing a rather potent vision of the insanity of political revolutions. Not sure how I feel about Herzog using real little people as metaphors. But you won't easily forget what you see.