Landscape is central to Herzog’s notion of documentary because he explicitly stylizes it. In interviews, he even characterizes himself as ‘a director of landscape.’ This chapter explores the different functions of landscape in Herzog’s documentaries. The names of these functions—trance, parody, testimony, and allegory—serve as the categories that frame the analysis of individual films. They also identify how landscape connects different material, that of Herzog and that of others. The analysis considers films such as Fata Morgana (1971), La Soufrière (1977), Lessons of Darkness (1992), and Wheel of Time (2003).
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