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Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World Review - AVClub

AVClub: With his easily imitated Teutonic accent, quotably severe worldview, and history of eccentric behavior, Werner Herzog was always destined, perhaps, to become the internet’s favorite filmmaker. But is the feeling mutual? Though he feeds his cult of personality with every cameo appearance and Kanye analysis, the most memed of master directors still identifies primarily as a luddite. That’s reason enough to be intrigued by Lo And Behold, Reveries Of The Connected World, in which Herzog—who claims to use the internet mostly just for email—turns his camera and philosophical gaze on the past, present, and future of digital interaction. Unfortunately, the sheer scope of the project largely negates any opportunity for an angle, personal or otherwise. NetScout originally conceived of the film as a multi-part educational series, and those origins are reflected in the final product: a daisy chain of short-subject docs, devoid of any central thesis and vaguely connected by stray flashes of the German great’s personality.

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