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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 19 August 2016 (USA)
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Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.


Werner Herzog


Werner Herzog
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Werner Herzog ... Self - Interviewer and Narrator (voice)
Leonard Kleinrock ... Self - Computer Scientist
Bob Kahn Bob Kahn ... Self - Electrical Engineer, Co-Inventor of the TCP-IP Protocols
Danny Hillis Danny Hillis ... Self - Author of 'The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work'
Ted Nelson Ted Nelson ... Self - Internet Pioneer
Adrien Treuille Adrien Treuille ... Self - Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University
Sebastian Thrun Sebastian Thrun ... Self - Computer Scientist, Stanford University
Raj Rajkumar Raj Rajkumar ... Self - Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Joydeep Biswas Joydeep Biswas ... Self - Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Lesli Catsouras Lesli Catsouras ... Self - Family of Nikki Catsouras
Christos Catsouras Christos Catsouras ... Self - Family of Nikki Catsouras
Christina Catsouras Christina Catsouras ... Self - Family of Nikki Catsouras
Danielle Catsouras Danielle Catsouras ... Self - Family of Nikki Catsouras
Kira Catsouras Kira Catsouras ... Self - Family of Nikki Catsouras
Felix James Lockman Felix James Lockman ... Self - Astronomer, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (as Jay Lockman)


Werner Herzog's exploration of the Internet and the connected world.

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The virtual evolution of humankind See more »



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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz has a prominent tattoo on her left shoulder of the horse drawings at Chauvet Cave, a major focus of Werner Herzog's 2010 documentary, Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010). See more »


Professor Leonard Kleinrock: [Referring to the Interface Message Processor] That machine over there is the first piece of the internet equipment ever installed.
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References Blade Runner (1982) See more »


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Not Werner's best outing
6 February 2018 | by Neil_DurrantSee all my reviews

This documentary promises to shed light on the history of the internet, especially the time before the invention of the World Wide Web, in 1990. What we get instead is a procession of middle aged kooks pontificating randomly on AI takeover, sun spot events and the end of the world, and the internet being embedded into walls.

The framing of most of the interviews is quite flippant. Normally a WH documentary is irreverent, but fond. Here though the viewer feels like an intruder into the world of a series of out-of-step eccentrics, whom the internet had long since left behind and taken on a life of its own - this being brought painfully into view when the question "does the internet dream of itself"? is raised.

It seems what was intended to be a film about the, mostly undocumented, innocent history of the pre www internet, took on a life of its own as the subjects started rambling about other things. It ended up showing only the wide-eyed naiievety of both Herzog and the interviewees, as they wandered away from their areas of expertise and into what is essentially uninformed futurology.

There was a veteran "Hacker", who "hacked" into this and that, we're told. That he'd done 99% of his "hacking" by calling companies and pretending to be a manager wasn't made clear. A bizarrely posed family who'd had a picture of their daughter that had fatally crashed on a joyride in the father's Porsche published online, told us the devil was in the internet, listing some nasty things that had been emailed to them about their daughter and her death. In the same vein, an apocalyptic prediction by three fervent geeks, who think we're on the edge of a societal collapse caused by solar flares.

All in all, the film misses the mark. If it had been presented a bit differently, I think it would have been a more worthwhile watch, but as it is, it comes across as nothing more than the poking of some Silicon Valley eccentrics with a stick, and seeing what they do.

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19 August 2016 (USA) See more »

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Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$114,273, 21 August 2016

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1.78 : 1
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