The White Diamond
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Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the tree-tops. But this logistic effort will not be without risk. Twelve years ago, a similar expedition into the unique habitat of the canopy ended in disaster when Dorrington's friend Dieter Plage fell to his death. With the expedition is Werner Herzog, setting out now with a new prototype of the airship into the lost world of the pristine rain forest of this little explored area of the world, to record and tell this unique story in… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Herzog loves to document humanity's perpetual struggle with nature, and in The White Diamond, the jungle -- sometimes makes sophisticated human technology laughably clumsy."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Herzog's eye for the weird sometimes makes the docu feel strained, but engaging characters imbue the pic with depth and emotional appeal."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"Herzog illustrates through both Dorrington and the Rastafarian the wonder of simply being human."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"The film ascends to some dizzy, emotional heights. Worth a peek."
‑ Christopher Null,
"In The White Diamond, man and nature barely rub against each other, and it's this friction that makes for the film's most astounding images."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Although The White Diamond is entire of itself, it earns its place among the other treasures and curiosities in Herzog's work."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A minor but often visually stunning meditation on nature and man's desire to conquer it."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The film is one small story and how it can be presented and interpreted to mean so much, giving significance to a more introspective definition of triumph."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"A superb portrait of the dangers as well as euphoria that can come from chasing one's most treasured dreams."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Touching, transfixing, unique."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"When we finally see the ship sailing through majestic cloud formations over the breathtaking Amazon canopy, the name seems absolutely fitting -- for a gem of an aircraft and a jewel of a movie."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The film is rather aimless, if not pointless, but you cannot take your eyes off it for one second."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"One of Herzog's most breathtaking and life-affirming films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"An intoxicating dream of a film that speaks to the daydreamer in all of us."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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