Monday, July 24, 2006

Beautiful Story of Loss and Obsession

by Werner Herzog

While Werner Herzog is known as a driven and obsessive filmmaker with stories of the making of the films often overshadowing the work. He’s also a skilled documentarian who constantly pushes at the expectations and structure of the documentary form. In The White Diamond he tells us the story of a man who wants to fly a beautiful balloon over the rainforest of Guyana. But it’s much more than that and the story unfolds in a casual, almost accidental way, that conceals the careful control and structure of the entire film. A wonderful and elegiac portrait of fascinating people in unique situations.

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