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The White Diamond (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 March 2005 (Germany)
About the daring adventure of exploring rain forest canopy with a novel flying device-the Jungle Airship. Airship engineer Dr. Graham Dorrington embarks on a trip to the giant Kaieteur ... See full summary »

Director:

Werner Herzog

Writers:

Werner Herzog (commentary), Rudolph Herzog (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview:
Werner Herzog ... Himself - Narrator
Graham Dorrington ... Himself (as Dr. Graham Dorrington)
Dieter Plage Dieter Plage ... Himself (archive footage) (as Götz Dieter Plage)
Adrian de Schryver Adrian de Schryver ... Himself (archive footage)
Annette Scheurich Annette Scheurich ... Herself
Marc Anthony Yhap Marc Anthony Yhap ... Himself
Michael Wilk Michael Wilk ... Himself (as Dr. Michael Wilk)
Anthony Melville Anthony Melville ... Himself
Jan-Peter Meewes Jan-Peter Meewes ... Himself
Jason Gibson Jason Gibson ... Himself
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About the daring adventure of exploring rain forest 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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EUR1,000,000 (estimated)
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Marc Anthony Yhap: Wow, I would like to use this craft to fly up to them, yeah. Even if it takes a whole year, months. I would love to have this craft to fly to them. Maybe land on the rooftop, give them a surprise. Yeah, it would be beautiful there, for me to be in the aircraft early in the morning. There is Marc Yhap at their doorstep saying, 'Hello, good morning.'
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The landscape of the soul
28 March 2008 | by thaoSee all my reviews

Herzog loves to explore the nature within. He has been doing this ever since he started out as a filmmaker. Aguirre, Wrath of God is a good example. There nature mirrors what is happening with in the persons. He does that same thing here.

A lesser filmmaker would only have concentrated on the technical marvel and the landscape. He/she would have overlooked the dreams and life of Marc Anthony Yhap (a hired hand) and Graham Dorrington's bleeding heart because of mistakes in the past. Inner landscape which are just as fascinating as the thousands of birds diving under the waterfall or the reflection in the raindrop.

I thought this film was like a meditation on life, past, present, dreams, failures, cultures and harmony with nature. I loved how Herzog would keep the shots longer than most directors would have, like when Graham Dorrington puts on his jet suit and pretend to fly like superman. And the landscape pictures where just breathtaking.

This is one of Herzog's best film, and that's saying a lot.


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