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Fata Morgana

Directed by Werner Herzog
West Germany, 1971
Avant-Garde, Documentary


Shot under extreme conditions and inspired by Mayan creation theory, the film contemplates the illusion of reality and the possibility of capturing for the camera something which is not there. It is about the mirages of nature—and the nature of mirage.

Our take

For Werner Herzog, a documentary is an act of adventure, a search for truth beyond facts. This trek across Africa—during which Herzog and several of the crew were thrown in jail!—is a hallucinatory quest to find man’s spot in the universe, mixing pop songs and creation myths into a wonder.

Fata Morgana Directed by Werner Herzog

Critics reviews

The experience of watching Fata Morgana makes for a difficult recap. But it is from an initial point of difficulty that the film can open up into a wealth of detail and personal touches too varied to summarize, too rich to convey in text.
April 23, 2016
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