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Echoes From a Somber Empire (1990)

Echos aus einem düsteren Reich (original title)
Documentary examining Bokassa's rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites.

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Werner Herzog

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Werner Herzog
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Cast

Credited cast:
Michael Goldsmith Michael Goldsmith ... Himself
Werner Herzog ... Himself
Augustine Assemat Augustine Assemat ... Herself
David Dacko David Dacko ... Himself
Francis Szpiner Francis Szpiner ... Himself
François Gibault François Gibault ... Himself
Marie-Reine Hassen Marie-Reine Hassen ... Herself
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Jean-Bédel Bokassa ... Himself (archive footage)
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Documentary examining Bokassa's rule in the Central African Republic using the testimony of witnesses and visits to key sites.

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Country:

France | Germany

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French | German | English

Release Date:

28 November 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Echoes From a Somber Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Piano Trio No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 100, D.929 - II. Andante con moto
Composed by Franz Schubert
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29 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Echoes From a Somber Empire (1990)

*** (out of 4)

Werner Herzog documentary about Central Africa's rule under Bokassa, which includes stories of torture as well as the leader being a cannibal. We are led through the documentary by a man named Michael Goldsmith who was tortured and imprisoned by Bokassa and now, since the leader is in jail, he goes back to get some answers. Various people from those tortured to the children of Bokassa are told and some in vivid detail. We're also shown a kitchen where it's said Bokassa would have people cooked on the huge stoves and then stored in the fridge. At the start of the documentary Herzog tells us that Goldsmith would go missing before the film was released.


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