[Marxism] Fwd: Three documentaries of note | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist
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Fri Oct 14 14:27:10 MDT 2016
If there is any justification at this point for continuing a Netflix
membership, it is the opportunity to see Werner Herzog’s new documentary
about volcanoes on October 28th, which will be opening the same day at
the IFC Center in New York. Titled “Inside the Inferno” and produced by
Netflix itself, it is echt Herzog and qualified on that basis alone for
putting it on your must-see list.
The film is co-directed by Clive Oppenheimer who is one of the world’s
leading volcanologists and a constant presence throughout the film as he
visits villages near major active volcanoes around the world, including
Vanuatu, a group of islands about 1000 miles east of northern Australia.
Oppenheimer alternates with Herzog in interviewing village elders who
maintain prescientific notions about spirits dwelling within the
volcanoes. The co-directors have an uncanny ability to accept those
beliefs in a respectful manner.
Speaking in terms of auteur theory, this documentary is obviously
connected with Herzog’s major preoccupation—living at the edges of
society and often in the face of some peril. If his “Grizzly Man” was an
object lesson in getting too close to bears in the Alaskan wilderness,
his latest is a reminder that scientists like Oppenheimer take as big a
chance with their lives in their own pursuit.
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