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Werner Herzog made a meditation on the Internet and its many faces: Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World . The director of Grizzly Man and Aguirre the Wrath of God takes us on a journey divided in 10 chapters. Some parts bear his trade (the Wagner opening with computer scientist Leonard Kleinrock) in introducing some colorful characters.

For Herzog, when two University researchers connected with their computers in 1969, the historical significance could be compared to the discovery of fire and it should be taking very seriously… And Herzog stays mainly neutral while being critical a few times.

From a scientist, with his artificial intelligence soccer team training to beat Brazil national team by 2050, to a family grieving their deceased daughter in a car crash while confronted to the photos of the accident sent by strangers on the Web, to modern day hermit avoiding all digital emissions, the director offers a Peculiar object as we can expect from him but also pretty conventional in its approach and technique as arrangements and dramatization seem sometimes out of place (the family who had to live perpetually with their deceased daughter’s images in particular).

When we say an image is worth a thousand words, the money shot in Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World comes with this image of a group of Tibetan monks taking a pause from praying to go on tweeting…

 

*Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World opens at Cinema du Parc on August 5, 2016.

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