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Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Truths
1,656 Ratings

Lessons of Darkness

Lektionen in Finsternis

Directed by Werner Herzog
Germany, France, 1992
Documentary, War
  • German, English
  • English, French
Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Truths


Shortly after the Gulf War, oil fires were raging all through Kuwait. In the week before this sea of fire would be extinguished, Werner Herzog filmed this apocalyptic landscape with its murky skies, scorched earth and capricious flames.

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One of Werner Herzog’s most daring, unforgettable documentaries. Few words. Few interviews. Just sound and vision, emerging from the Gulf War’s wreckage with a look at hell-on-earth too unreal to exist—but it did. One of his best.

Lessons of Darkness Directed by Werner Herzog

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