inthedustofthisplanet wrote (edited )

Lessons of Darkness. Herzog does a great job making the oil fires of the first Gulf War look like an alien planet.

The film is a meditation on catastrophe, contextualised through the literary modes of religion and science fiction.[4] It begins with a quotation, attributed to Blaise Pascal: "The collapse of the stellar universe will occur – like creation – in grandiose splendor." This attribution is apocryphal, as the text was in fact written by Herzog for the film and chosen, like the music, to give the film a certain mood.[5] The prologue of the quotation is followed by thirteen sections, denoted by numbered title cards: "A Capital City", "The War", "After the Battle", "Finds from Torture Chambers", "Satan's National Park", "Childhood", "And a Smoke Arose like a Smoke from a Furnace", "A Pilgrimage", "Dinosaurs on the Go", "Protuberances", "The Drying Up of the Source", "Life Without the Fire" and "I am so tired of sighing; Lord, let it be night".[6]

Mostly devoid of commentary, the imagery concentrates on the aftermath of the first Gulf War – specifically on the Kuwaiti oil fires, although no relevant political or geographical information is mentioned.[5] Herzog intended to alienate the audience from images to which they had become inured from saturated news coverage, and thereby to "penetrate deeper than CNN ever could".[2] Herzog uses a telephoto lens,[4] truck-mounted shots as in Fata Morgana, static shots of the workers near the oil fires, and many helicopter shots of the bleak landscape.[2] Through avoiding establishing shots, Herzog heightens the apocalyptic effect of depicting the devastated landscape.[4] Herzog remarked that "the film has not a single frame that can be recognised as our planet, and yet we know it must have been shot here".[7]

Herzog's sparse commentary interprets the imagery out of its documentary context, and into a poetic fiction: the opening narration begins "A planet in our solar system/ wide mountain ranges, clouds, the land shrouded in mist".[6] The narrative stance is detached, bemused; Herzog makes no effort to explain the actual causes of the catastrophic scenes, but interprets them in epic terms with vaunting rhetoric to accompany the Wagnerian score.[8] The workers are described as "creatures" whose behaviour is motivated by madness and a desire to perpetuate the damage that they are witnessing.[9] A climactic scene involves the workers, shortly after succeeding in stopping the fires, re-igniting the flow of oil.[10] The narration asks, "Has life without fire become unbearable for them?"[9]


inthedustofthisplanet wrote (edited )

I don't even spend time on social media. You're literally in a cult that wants to shy away from the pedophilic tendencies of your favorite writers.

Remind me not to let you watch my kid.

It's easy to control the narrative when you make alts to manipulate votes. :)


inthedustofthisplanet wrote (edited )

It's not so much the site as a whole, as there are a lot of wonderful people here, but it get's flooded by the """anti-ideologists,""" stanning for people who literally condone rape. Their posturing is so mind-numbing ... I thought it was purely a Facebook sort of behavior, but I see they crawled out of their hole and drug it everywhere else.


inthedustofthisplanet wrote (edited )

They wish they were that cool.

These sorts of people have been around for a while. They think any criticism against ideologies that tickle their fancy is just a case of people not knowing anything, but them, they know the truth.

It's really sad, but appears to be the human condition right now. Where are the Old ones when you need them the most?


inthedustofthisplanet wrote (edited )

The fact you're acting like this over criticism of groups you claim to not shill for is silly.

Fuck all those sources. I don't put my faith in anyone but myself -- I don't base my ideology off what popular sources of writing says (especially when it comes from niche ideologies) . I don't look to people I don't personally know to know if supporting X group is okay or not.

This is VERY cultish.

Looks like I set off your fellow cultists. Keep down voting anyone who doesn't fall into your little echo chamber. It's why this place will never amount to anything worthwhile.