Part of a series of opera shorts by different directors. Herzog combines O Soave Fanciulla ("Oh you vision of beauty" from Puccini's La Boheme) with images of harsh life in Africa.

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Part of a series of opera shorts by different directors. Herzog combines O Soave Fanciulla ("Oh you vision of beauty" from Puccini's La Boheme) with images of harsh life in Africa.

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Good contrast, but otherwise forgettable
8 June 2015 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

This is a 4-minute short film by German director Werner Herzog. Basically, for the entire movie, we see African natives while hearing "La Bohème". As I wrote in the title, there is a strong contrast between the video and the audio. Occasionally we also see that the Africans in the film are heavily armed. Herzog worked on African soil already as a filmmaker too, so he may be the right man for this short. Nonetheless I was not really impressed and I did not find it very memorable. Love the director, but this is probably one of his weakest films. He made two feature film that were non-documentaries in 2009, so I guess he had the time to fit this one in-between.


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