Wednesday, August 25, 2010

La Soufriere (1977) Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe

La Soufrière - Waiting for an Inevitable Disaster

Recently watched the humorous (and recommended) mockumentary Incident at Loch Ness (2004) which was co-written by Werner Herzog and Zak Penn, who was also the director as well as appearing in the film alongside Herzog. Aside from the curious fact that among his other projects Zak Penn was the screenwriter for PCU (1994), I was reminded of the high quality and fascinating actual documentaries Werner Herzog has created throughout the years and La Soufriere is one of my favorites.

La Soufriere takes Herzog and a skeleton crew to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe as an enormous volcano has begun showing multiple signs than an cataclysmic eruption is imminent. Many years earlier, the volcano had erupted and killed everyone nearby (with one notable exception) and this fact has caused nearly all residents near the volcano to evacuate. He is drawn to the situation and interested in speaking with the one islander who has chosen to remain. The visuals are supplied with beautiful panoramas of rugged and lush landscapes which are contrasted with stark, "after-the-end-of-world" shots of the town completely devoid of humans - but with electricity still powering things such as traffic lights.


  1. Thanks for sharing this. I had never even heard of it. I've always been interested about the whole Loch Ness Monster.

  2. whether it's documentaries or his other movies - Werner Herzog makes incredible films...