Lessons of Darkness (1992)

In the aftermath of the Gulf War, retreating Iraqi soldiers left the oil fields of Kuwait a raging inferno. True to form as perhaps the world's most death-defying filmmaker, Werner Herzog and a small camera crew arrived on the scene to film the carnage. What resulted was Lessons of Darkness. Less a simple documentary about an environmental catastrophe than it is an apocalyptic vision of hell, Herzog has created a science fiction film, in which our planet vanishes beneath pillars of flame, oceans of oil, and impenetrable clouds of smoke. Punctuated by soaring music and Herzog's own commentary, Lessons of Darkness is a powerful, breathtaking and strangely beautiful portrait of a world on fire.

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