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Werner Herzog's Antarctica July 11 2008

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This beautiful underwater photo is one of Henry Kaiser's, a colleague of Werner Herzog's, the famous documentary maker who's newest film is about Antarctica. It opens in Manhattan on Wednesday, the reviewer notes that:

"If this were a nature documentary like any other, the casual talk about global warming and other calamities might cast shadows across this bright expanse. But there's something about Mr. Herzog -- including the accidental if now well-practiced comedy that colors even his most dramatic pronouncements -- that inevitably keeps his pictures from growing too dark. One reason is beauty, which in his hands has a way of keeping the worst at bay; it is, after all, hard to fully despair in the face of so much of the natural world's splendors. Another reason, I think, has to do with Mr. Herzog's seemingly unshakable faith in human beings, who for all their misdeeds at times reach a state of exaltedness."

We all look forward to seeing it over here before too long, especially as Herzog visits Shackleton's hut

For the New York Times' review, click here.

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