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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Directed by Werner Herzog
United States, 2016


Society depends on the Internet for nearly everything but rarely do we step back and recognize its endless intricacies and unsettling omnipotence. Presented by NETSCOUT, a leader in service assurance and cyber security, Werner Herzog explores our rapidly interconnecting online lives.

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Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World Directed by Werner Herzog
It has seemed arbitrary that Herzog’s humanistic concern for image circulation should emanate from film technology, but Lo and Behold finally makes the relation necessary. Immersing himself in the connected world of information technology, Herzog has made a film that shows why an ecology of vision, and hence filmmaking itself, only makes sense if you know what is human about the world.
September 02, 2016
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Herzog has no cave to explore this time, no smoldering volcano to approach, which leaves the film without a goal. All the more reason why it’s a pleasure to hear Herzog’s narration as he observes, admires, disparages, and occasionally tells an obvious fib. His commentary is the center, however provisional, of a world that has become a directionless network. His voice is the sound, still present, of human contact.
August 26, 2016
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It’s about nothing less than the idea that, whatever we end up with, and whatever remains constant in human nature, civilization as we know it will be virtually unrecognizable a few generations from now. It will happen whether we like it or not. And it will be beyond the wildest dreams of any filmmaker. That’s the film’s reverie—and, for those on Herzog’s wavelength, ours too.
August 18, 2016
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