Lessons of Darkness
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Straddling a line between documentary and science fiction, Werner Herzog's Lektionen in Finsternis is an epic visual poem set in the burning oil fields of Kuwait following the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. Herzog, as much a daredevil as a documentarian, took his small crew in a helicopter and, floating above the fields, photographed jaw-dropping footage of the blazing, blackened landscape. Alternately horrific and majestic, the movie is a phantasmagoric, if distanced, catalog of horrors. Boiling lakes of crude oil, twisted scraps of melted metal, and ominous billows of smoke and fire abound.… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A staggering, faux-extraterrestrial fugue"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Herzog is a fearless, meticulous director who approaches his subject in a timeless manner, turning this disaster into a great theme, a story for all time."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"One of the few films that truly deserves to be labeled with the adjective astonishing."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Though shot straightforward, it all looks so nightmarish, alien and surreal."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lays the groundwork for Herzog's masterpiece Aguirre: The Wrath of God."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"One of Herzog's earliest - and most evocative - cinematic essays on the uneasy relationships between man and Earth, unaffected reality and orchestrated drama."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Exotic animals, gutted structures, rusting vehicles, orientalist tourists - each a fragment of a hazy and disassembled culture mapped onto a desert wasteland"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
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