1984 documentary film directed by Werner Herzog about children soldiers in Nicaragua. The film focuses on a group of Miskito Indians who used children soldiers in their resistance against the Sandinistas.
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German-American Dieter Dengler discusses his service as an American naval pilot in the Vietnam War. Dengler also revisits the sites of his capture and eventual escape from the hands of the Vietcong, recreating many events for the camera.
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This film shows the disaster of the Kuwaitian oil fields in flames, with few interviews and no explanatory narration. Hell itself is presented in such beautiful sights and music that one has to be fascinated by it.
As a fan of Verdi and also someone interested in Herzog's style, I found this Giovanna D'Arco quite interesting. The opera is not the best of Verdi, there's nothing wrong with the characters or the music, the music is brilliant especially, it's just that apart from an excellent final scene there are moments when the libretto is static.
Herzog's direction is ambitious and really quite exemplary, as are the orchestra and conducting. I for one loved the visuals, while it is a very Germanic style perhaps more reminiscent of Wagner rather than Verdi, they did look great. The cinematography is excellent throughout, and the settings and costumes exquisite.
The acting and singing are fine in general. Susan Dunn is captivating in the title role, her superb singing is better than her acting, though I personally do think her acting is more than stand-and-deliver. The final scene is absolutely thrilling and Dunn gives her all in that scene. Renato Bruson is a superb singing-actor, and with his velvety voice and sincere acting he is a perfect Giacomo. If there was anybody I wasn't entirely impressed with, it was Vincenzo La Scola as Carlo, he is a wonderful singer but I do agree he is not much of an actor.
All in all, interesting and definitely worth watching, not just from an opera-fan point of view, but also from a movie-fan point of view. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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