Encounters at the End of the World
Still searching for the bizarre and the eccentric, Herzog takes us as far south as it is possible to go. Here he meets and talks to scientists, researchers, travelers, and a variety of oddball characters looking for meaning and purpose. Herzog's documentary is freely mixing the sublime and the banal. Like many of his other works, it is filled with gorgeous cinematography, exquisite music, and Herzog's unique commentary spoken in a somber, musical voice that has a distinct poetic quality that strives for profundity.
Werner Herzog (b. 1942) is one of the greatest German film directors of all time and a giant in contemporary cinema. Throughout his 46 year long career, he has gained a reputation for making his film shoots as adventurous as the films themselves, and is equally respected for his feature films and documentaries. Among his many films, we find classics such as, AGUIRRE – THE WRATH OF GOD (1972), THE ENIGMA OF KASPAR HAUSER (1974), STROSZEK (1977), NOSFERATU THE VAMPIRE, WOYZECK (both 1979), FITZCARRALDO (1982), MY BEST FIEND (1999) and GRIZZLY MAN (2005).