In 1976 volcanic scientists believed that the Caribbean Island of Guadeloupe was to about to blow up with the explosive power of five or six atomic bombs. The entire town was evacuated, except one peasant who refused to leave. And of course our intrepid Herzog…
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An early Herzog doc made for German TV in which he and his crew stalk an eerily deserted Martinican town and try to get as close as possible to the notorious volcano La Soufrière, whose eruption is supposedly imminent. A wonderful film that is at times haunting and surreal.
Another example of Herzog's obsession with the power and volatility of nature. The fact that the "inevitable disaster" doesn't occur almost proves Herzog's point. Nature is a powerful and unpredictable force: even its malevolence is unreliable. I like how the shots of him shouting and exaggeratedly pointing and gesturing, set against music, paint him as a silent movie hero.
***1/2. Good documentary of the first part of Herzog's career. The director secretly hopes that he will witness another Pompei but nothing happens. Yet, after 30 minutes, you'll be persuaded to have seen La Soufrière's eruption thanks to Herzog's prophetic voice and great sense of dramaturgy. Recommended.
Un apasionante y arriesgada expedición. Todo empieza con esa curiosidad por un individuo que se resiste a abandonar una ciudad a punto de sufrir una destrucción. Herzog tiene olfato para los inviduos extraordinarios. Es además un obsesionado por la naturaleza que reta al ser humano. El director alemán para ello registra a medida que recita voz en off con un lenguaje lírico, como repasando el obituario de una ciudad.