I'm not a film buff, but Werner Herzog is the one director who has made a deep impression on me as a director. When I was in my 20s, a cinema near where we lived in North London often screened his films. My favourite from back then was The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser. It's still my favourite film.
Recently, my daughter sent me a link to another film by Herzog - Herdsmen of the Sun. I'd not seen it before. Made in 1989, it's a documentary about the Wodaabe tribe, who live along the Southern edge of the Sahara. It focusses on their Gerewol celebration, during which young men take part in a beauty contest, each hoping to attract the attention of one of the young women. Near the beginning we hear Gounod's "Ave Maria" recorded in 1901 by the last castrato to sing in the Vatican. I found the whole thing deeply moving. It's nearly 50 minutes long but if like most people you haven't got that long to spare, take a look at the first few minutes. You might want to come back and watch it all...
6 years ago