Sunday, 4 May 2014

Werner Herzog: The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)

From deep space to the deep ocean, Werner Herzog’s FIPRESCI prize winning film is a documentary style sci- fi fantasy which is a weightlessly enjoyable voyage. It extensively uses archival footage from NASA's  STS-34 Space Shuttle mission in 1989 and Henry Kaiser's diving expedition in Antarctica for the National Science Foundation. The cello music of Ernst Reijseger, paired with Senegalese vocalist Mola Sylla, is blended with the Tenore Cuncordu de Orosei to effect one of the most relaxing and uplifting films I have seen in a long time. Like an Attenborough documentary, but with narration from a pissed off alien (Brad Dourif, Gríma Wormtongue of LOTR fame).

By North Utsire

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