• © Werner Herzog Film / Deutsche Kinemathek
  • © Werner Herzog Film / Deutsche Kinemathek

Fata Morgana

  • In Person

Wolfgang von Ungern-Sternberg, James William Gledhill, Eugen des Montagnes,

Herzog’s third feature is a haunting, sardonic exploration of Africa as it was “in the beginning” and as it becomes glutted with the wastes of technological civilization. The film’s title is a reference to atmospheric mirages, an apt name from this poetic nonfiction work that presents a rhythmic, musical succession of images and short scenes filmed in the deserts of North Africa. The narration, read by the noted writer and film critic Lotte H. Eisner, comes from a Guatemalan creation myth, and the accompanying music ranges from François Couperin to Johnny Cash, with significant contributions by Leonard Cohen.

  • Werner Herzog
  • Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • DCP
  • 78 mins
  • American Genre Film Archive

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