Lessons Of Darkness

An apocalyptic vision featuring the oil well fires in Kuwait after the Gulf War, as a whole world burst into flames. This film is stylized as science fiction, as there is not a single shot in which you can recognize our planet. The footage uses sheer scale to put the conflict into perspective while demonstrating both the awesome power of nature, especially fire, and our primal attraction to its beauty. Glorious helicopter shots of oil-coated expanses reveal a seemingly hopeless world of decay, where men scramble about trying to fix a cataclysm. Directed by Werner Herzog.

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