Werner Herzog’s Vision of the Horror of Nature

Wildness

Werner Herzog’s film Fitzcarraldo is about a madman attempting to move a steamboat over a mountain separating two rivers in order to tap an inaccessible rubber plantation and finance his dream of bringing opera to the Amazon. The documentary Burden of Dreams is about a madman attempting to make a movie about a madman attempting to move a steamboat over a mountain. Herzog is, indeed, a madman–a fact that exemplifies why it is better in this world to be mad than sane, according to the conventions of society, in the eyes of the big Other, as Lacan would call it, and the eyes of all the others that compose it. What is admirable about Herzog is his unflinching ability to pursue his genius, that force of creativity working through him, that wildness of the mind that so much of the social code serves to quell, repress, and control. Herzog is…

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By Nicholas Maithya Posted in Reviews

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