Monday, November 11, 2013

FATA MORGANA (1972) - Werner Herzog


An aborted sci-fi film turned free form documentary. Saharan desert mirages set to Mayan creation myths read in German voiceover. Rotting cattle carcasses interspersed with tongue-flicking monitor lizards and docile fennec foxes. A soundtrack featuring a dour, distorted two-piece band and randomly selected Leonard Cohen songs.

This mixed bag collage of image, sound and text boasts some mesmerizing sequences. Also, some tedious ones. Sample subtitle: "In Paradise, man is born dead." The DVD commentary with Herzog and Crispin Glover definitely helps.

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