What Got This Director Here?: Aguirre.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Grizzly Man.
What Did I Watch: Land of Silence and Darkness.
Where Does He Fit: Sure, the line between fact and fiction is just as porous in real life as it is on film, but Land of Silence and Darkness has quite a few lies in the form of the poetic reveries that our deaf-blind guide goes into, supposedly her own natural thoughts. They are fake, but the joy of experiencing a petting zoo or a greenhouse is real, and it certainly succeeds in making us appreciate our own lives…unless, of course, we start interrogating like Herzog wants us to. Is it possible to make a truly terrible piece of docufiction? Certainly the most cinematic of genres.
Most Valuable Asset: Reality and phoniness.
Most Excited For: Aguirre.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: Melodrama’s master, Max Ophuls.