The White Diamond (2004)

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About the daring adventure of exploring rainforest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Himself / narrator
Graham Dorrington ...
Himself (as Dr. Graham Dorrington)
Dieter Plage ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Götz Dieter Plage)
Adrian de Schryver ...
Himself (archive footage)
Annette Scheurich ...
Marc Anthony Yhap ...
Michael Wilk ...
Himself (as Dr. Michael Wilk)
Anthony Melville ...
Jan-Peter Meewes ...
Jason Gibson ...


About the daring adventure of exploring rainforest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur Falls in the heart of Guyana, hoping to fly his helium-filled invention above the tree-tops. But this logistic effort will not be without risk. Twelve years ago, a similar expedition into the unique habitat of the canopy ended in disaster when Dorrington's friend Dieter Plage fell to his death. With the expedition is Werner Herzog, setting out now with a new prototype of the airship into the Lost World of the pristine rain forest of this little explored area of the world, to record and tell this unique story. Written by Herzog, Rudolph

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Also Known As:

A fehér gyémánt  »

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Marc Anthony Yhap: On this pleasant morning I'm about to fly, and surely I would like to take my rooster with me, but he's somewhere around. I would like to take him on this flight.
Werner Herzog: Why your rooster?
Marc Anthony Yhap: Oh, my rooster means so much to me. Early in the morning at 5:30 he crows and then he crows again when there is some change in weather patterns. He's such a lovely guy, my rooster. I would like to take him with me on this voyage. First flight, me in this lovely balloon, this creation.
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Herzog and the Oscars
7 July 2006 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Grizzily Man was not even considered for the Oscar nominations in documentary for a reason. This was simply because it was not included on the ballot paper. This was Werener Herzog's choice. He has no time for playing the Hollywood game. Though it would've been wonderful to see him win it, you've got to admire the man's integrity. He remains one of the greatest and most original film makers at work today. The White Diamond is no exception. It starts out almost like a typical BBC documentary, but it quickly becomes apparent that this man is no ordinary professor, but yet another human being with obsessive drive of dreams and vision. Where does Herzog find these people! May he continue to illuminated us.

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