Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World

Synopsis: Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Werner Herzog
Production: Saville Productions
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Metacritic:
76
Rotten Tomatoes:
94%
PG-13
Year:
2016
98 min
$594,452
Website
232 Views


Imagine, if you will,

sitting down to your morning coffee,

turning on your home computer

to read the day's newspaper.

Well, it's not as far

fetched as it may seem.

Seventeen stories up in his

fashionable North Beach apartment,

Richard Halloran is calling a local number

that will connect him with

a computer in Columbus, Ohio.

Meanwhile, across town in this

less than fashionable

cubby hole at The San Francisco Examiner

these editors are programming

today's copy of the paper

into that same Ohio computer.

When the telephone connection

between these two terminals

is made, the newest form of

electronic journalism

lights up Mr. Halloran's television

with just about everything

The Examiner prints in its regular edition.

Of the estimated two to three thousand

home computer owners in the Bay Area,

The Chronicle reports

over 500 have responded

by sending back coupons.

This report,

considering the numbers

of internet users today,

sounds already like pre-history.

No one at that time had a clue

about the explosion of

information technology.

Today if you would burn CDs

of the worldwide data

flow for one single day

and stack them up to a pile,

this pile would reach up to Mars and back.

The internet is already

permeating everything.

Even on the International Space Station

a phone call from one module to the next

goes via the internet.

But how do we keep it running?

How do we guard it?

I still have a copy of the phone directory

from the late 1970s of everybody

who was on the internet and it

was a document about that thick

and it had the name, address,

and telephone number of

every single person.

Actually it had it twice because it had it

once sorted by their email address

and once sorted by their actual name.

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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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