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FATA MORGANA (1971) *with switchable English subtitles *

Writer: Werner Herzog; Stars: Lotte Eisner, Eugen Des Montagnes, James William Gledhill
$11.99

Werner Herzogs jenseits klassischer Narration operierender Filmessay montiert vorwiegend in Nordafrika gedrehtes Bildmaterial zu einer, um es mit Herzogs eigenen Worten zu sagen, "Landbeschau". In drei Kapiteln mit den Titeln "Schöpfung", "Paradies" und "Goldenes Zeitalter" entwickelt sich eine Art Menschheitsgeschichte, die von Zerfall, Zerstörung und Scheitern bestimmt ist: Flugzeugtrümmer in der Wüste, verlassene Dörfer, Viehkadaver, Slumhütten aus LKW-Wracks und Wellblech. Die begleitenden Off-Texte werden von der Filmhistorikerin Lotte Eisner gesprochen und dienen den Bildmetaphern als ein die Verwirrung erweiternder Kommentar. 

Werner Herzog's film essay about North Africa, presented in a fashion contrary to the usual methods of classical narratives.  In the three chapters --- "Creation", "Paradise" and "Golden Age" --- the history of humanity is presented in such a way as to reflect its decay, destruction and failure.  These are highlighted by aircraft wreckage in the desert; abandoned villages; the carcasses of livestock; and dilapidated huts constructed out of truck wrecks and corrugated iron.  The accompanying narration is spoken by the film historian Lotte Eisner, which, along with the visual metaphors on the screen, adds to the overall feeling of confusion.


DVD-R is in German with switchable English subtitles.  Approx. 73 mins.  Some pixellization.


PLEASE NOTE THAT SWITCHABLE (SOFT) SUBTITLES WILL NOT SHOW UP WHEN VIEWING THE SAMPLE BELOW.  IF YOU SEE SUBTITLES, THEN THEY ARE HARD-ENCODED (meaning, they cannot be turned off when viewing the film):

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