LESSONS OF DARKNESS
Shown as part of the Werner Herzog Retrospective
LESSONS OF DARKNESS (Germany, 1992, 52 min.)
An apocalyptic vision featuring the oil well fires in Kuwait after the Gulf War, as a whole world burst into flames. This film is stylized as science fiction, as there is not a single shot in which you can recognize our planet. The footage uses sheer scale to put the conflict into perspective while demonstrating both the awesome power of nature, especially fire, and our primal attraction to its beauty. Glorious helicopter shots of oil-coated expanses reveal a seemingly hopeless world of decay, where men scramble about trying to fix a cataclysm. Directed by Werner Herzog.
Shown with LA SOUFRIERE
$10 General Admission; $8.50 AFI Members; $9 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military; $6 Children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office (opens 30 minutes before the film) or online at www.afi.com/silver.