Monday, July 25, 2005

Lessons Of Darkness

In 1992, Werner Herzog travaled to Kuwait to document the aftermath of the Gulf War. The end result is Lessons of Darkness.
Herzog's voice narrates the invasion without going into details about who the invaders are. The infrared images of the bombings transmited by CNN evoke flying saucers. "The war lasted just a few hours." Herzog reads fragments of the Book of Revelation while flying over the infernal landscape on a helicopter.
Lakes of hydrocarbons, giant columns of fire, black toxic clouds. The beauty is overwhelming, but Herzog doesn't forget that it came from destruction. When he shows a torture chamber, a room full of torture tools, words are unnecesary. There is a Kuwaiti woman with her son; she explains that the kid won't speak, he refuses to speak since the invasion started. We are left with the ecstatic images of devastation.

3 Comments:

Blogger Andres said...

I told you!!! Now you need to watch Fata Morgana.

7/30/2005 8:32 AM  
Blogger Andres said...

By the way... the reason why the kid doesn't speak is that soldiers busted into their house at night, shot the father for no reason, and stepped on the kid's head just for fun. Sometime later, the kid finally said "Mama, I don't ever want to learn to speak", and had been silent ever since.

There is another lady who is so much taken apart by trying to describe how her two sons were tortured to death in front of her that she can't pronounce any word properly.

And, typically, we are happy when we do the same kind of stuff to others --- like the insensitive psychopath bastards we are...

7/30/2005 11:16 AM  
Blogger tomas said...

Oh man, I completly forgot that you told me about this film, but now I remember! I will definitely watch Fata Morgana :)

7/30/2005 6:07 PM  

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