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Into the Inferno

Directed by Werner Herzog
United States, 2016


An exploration of active volcanoes around world.

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Into the Inferno Directed by Werner Herzog
Fact, fiction and whatever lies in between are a means to extoll this fundamental quandary: the ephemeralness of the human experience and awe that it even exists. To watch one of Herzog’s films is to enter into a state of madness, the only reasonable response to the world portrayed on the other side of the director’s camera, an extension of his own perception.
November 10, 2016
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Herzog’s voiceover and his choice of music—heavy on the sacred and the Wagnerian—dominate, but Oppenheimer’s analytic approach grounds the director’s romanticism. Unlike Herzog, whose focus is the individual, Oppenheimer is interested in social structures, the belief systems and myths that provide stability—or the illusion thereof—to societies that live with the memory and the anticipation of nature at its most cataclysmic.
November 04, 2016
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Herzog speaks with the Olympian contempt of a volcano god himself, or the contempt of a filmmaker who knows that we caviling critics, scurrying roaches as we are, can say what we like—the unstoppable flow of Herzog’s increasingly self-parodic discourse rolls on, conquering all in its wake, and people will still pay to hear it.
October 28, 2016
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