Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness (1995)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 25, 1995
DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
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Fernando F. Croce

A staggering, faux-extraterrestrial fugue

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

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Jeremy Heilman

One of the few films that truly deserves to be labeled with the adjective astonishing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Though shot straightforward, it all looks so nightmarish, alien and surreal.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Lays the groundwork for Herzog's masterpiece Aguirre: The Wrath of God.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

One of Herzog's earliest - and most evocative - cinematic essays on the uneasy relationships between man and Earth, unaffected reality and orchestrated drama.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Exotic animals, gutted structures, rusting vehicles, orientalist tourists - each a fragment of a hazy and disassembled culture mapped onto a desert wasteland

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Ivan Descartin
Apocalyptic, nightmarish, but at the same time, a very beautiful poem-like documentary. Director Herzog succeeded to create such a mythical story to accompany… More