Fata Morgana (Herzog, 1970): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.30pm
This film, which screens as part of the Werner Herzog season, will be introduced by season curator Geoff Andrew. It also screens on June 3rd and June 9th. Details here.
Critic David Jenkins has written an excellent article on the ten best Werner Herzog films which can be found here. Fata Morgana is at number three.
Chicago Reader review:
Cold, documentarylike images of the Sahara are used in a
grotesque retelling of the story of creation in Werner Herzog's 1971
experimental feature. Every shot has a double edge of harsh reality and
surrealist fantasy, as when the landing of a jet plane, repeated nine or
ten times, becomes an odd spiritual symbol, at once banal and
mysterious. You'll either be bored to death or fascinated—for me, it's
Herzog's most interesting film.
Here is an excerpt.