Into the Inferno

Synopsis: An exploration of active volcanoes around the world.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: Netflix
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

This a happier dance.

The happiest dance.

After we have gone through

a long suffering,

then we are happy to go back

and dance

and to express ourselves.

I studied here ten years ago

with some colleagues,

scientists from Vanuatu.

For you, is it strange to imagine

that someone would come here to work,

to study how the volcano works,

how it erupts?

I'm very surprised to hear

that you people are very interested

in the volcano. Yeah.

I always ask myself,

"Why do these people

want to do with that fire?"


When looking at this,

going in the helicopter yesterday,

I was wondering,

"Why this man is going...

wanting to do with that volcano, eh?"

Yes, I don't know why

you are so interested in volcano.

In a way, this film started

for me ten years ago in Antarctica.

I was doing a film about scientists

on this continent

which took me to Mount Erebus,

an active volcano,

one of the three in the world

where you can look straight

into the magma of the inner earth.

Magma is the heated molten rock

from which lava can be extruded.

It was on Erebus,

12,500 feet above sea level,

that I met a strange and wonderful tribe

of volcanologists,

some of them overcome

by altitude sickness.

This close to the boiling magma,

which frequently explodes,

we were briefed on the etiquette

of how to deal with the stuff.

One very important thing

to keep in mind

when you're on the crater

is that the lava lake

could explode at any time.

If it does, it's vital

to keep your attention

faced toward the lava lake

and watch for bombs

that are tracking up into the air,

and try to pick out the ones

that might be coming toward you

and step out of the way.

The last thing you want to do

is turn away from the crater

or run or crouch down.

Keep your attention toward the lava lake,

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Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog (German: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhɛɐ̯tsoːk]; born 5 September 1942) is a German screenwriter, film director, author, actor, and opera director. Herzog is a figure of the New German Cinema, along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, Volker Schlöndorff, Werner Schröter, and Wim Wenders. Herzog's films often feature ambitious protagonists with impossible dreams, people with unique talents in obscure fields, or individuals who are in conflict with nature.French filmmaker François Truffaut once called Herzog "the most important film director alive." American film critic Roger Ebert said that Herzog "has never created a single film that is compromised, shameful, made for pragmatic reasons, or uninteresting. Even his failures are spectacular." He was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine in 2009. more…

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