Fata Morgana

  • Dir: Werner Herzog

  • West Germany, 1971, 79 mins, DCP

Desert mirages are made palpably real through sound and image in this hallucinatory walkabout across the shimmering Sahara. Shot on Earth but gone beyond the beauty and horror of our world, Herzog’s documentary (or what he calls a sci-fi) is more like a lurid portrayal of dystopia. As “Creation”, “Paradise” and “The Golden Age” unfold with Lotte Eisner’s narration of the Popol Vuh and Leonard Cohen’s ballads, our hopes and visions concerning humanity and virtue become illusionary. The bewildering and visceral imagery creates a unique cinematic experience, and becomes insights into many of Herzog’s, and Terrence Malick’s, subsequent works.



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