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Ferocious RealityDocumentary according to Werner Herzog$
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Eric Ames

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677634

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677634.001.0001

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Moving Landscapes

Moving Landscapes

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Ferocious Reality

Eric Ames

University of Minnesota Press

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).

Keywords:   Werner Herzog, landscapes, trance, parody, testimony, allegory, Fata Morgana, La Soufrière, Lessons of Darkness, Wheel of Time

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