February 4, 2012 Leave a comment
The beautiful thing about documentaries is the use of the medium to transport the viewer into a world we didn’t know existed. Sometimes the documentary is about a social issue in the world, maybe something dealing with a small town struggle or a minority group that struggles with a difficult issue, other times the film is an exercise in showcasing the splendor of the world through the lens of neutral camera. It’s a wonderful experience, watching documentaries, because you never fully know what to expect when sitting in front of a screen and being pulled along a journey into the unknown.
It wouldn’t be right for me to exclude a filmmaker like Werner Herzog from my month long documentary film posts. If there is one thing that Herzog can do, other than being awesome and imposing, is tell a story. He goes to incredible lengths and great expense to bring us some of the most moving and fascinating subjects in our world to life. He can show humanity at it’s most intimate and showcase the wonderment of life all with a reverence and care that rivals that of curators of history.