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La Soufrière – Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe ("La Soufrière – Waiting for an Inevitable Disaster") is a 1977 West German documentary film in which German director Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
visits an island on which a volcano is predicted to erupt. The pretext of this film was provided when Herzog "heard about the impending volcanic eruption, that the island of Guadeloupe
Guadeloupe
had been evacuated and that one peasant had refused to leave, [he] knew [he] wanted to go talk to him and find out what kind of relationship towards death he had" (Cronin). Herzog explores the deserted streets of the towns on the island. The crew of three treks up to the caldera, where clouds of sulfurous steam and smoke shift drift like "harbingers of death" (Peucker), an example of the sublime Herzog seeks to conjure in his films. Herzog converses in French with three different men he finds remaining on the island: one says he is waiting for death, and demonstrates his posture for doing so; another says he has stayed to look after the animals. In the end, the volcano did not erupt, thus sparing the lives of those who had remained on the island, including Herzog and his crew. Werner Herzog's films tend to focus on those outside of mainstream society, often on individuals who exhibit a completely egocentric picture of the world. Driven by either madness or complete harmony with nature, the subjects of Herzog's films exemplify life at its most spiritually extreme. The people who remained on the island had accepted their fate, and had given their lives to God. One man seemed surprised that Herzog would even question his resignation to die at the hands of the volcano. Others simply did not see the point in evacuating the island. Death (and the eruption of the volcano) cannot be escaped, only temporarily avoided. Those who remained had given their lives to God
God
and did not see the point in trying to run away from that which cannot be conquered, and should not be feared. See also[edit]

La Grande Soufrière
La Grande Soufrière
for information on the Guadeloupean volcano. Into the Inferno, a 2016 documentary film by Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
about the exploration of active volcanoes in Indonesia, Iceland and Ethiopia. Salt and Fire, a 2016 thriller film by Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
about the imminent eruption of a supervolcano in Bolivia.

References[edit]

Paul Cronin, Herzog on Herzog (London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 2002, ISBN 0-571-20708-1) p. 148. Brigitte Peucker, “In Quest of the Sublime,” New German Filmmakers: From Oberhausen
Oberhausen
Through the 1970s, edited by Klaus Phillips (New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1984, hardcover: ISBN 0-8044-2688-0 and paperback: ISBN 0-8044-6648-3) p. 168.

External links[edit]

La Soufrière on IMDb La Soufriere at Allmovie Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
on filming La Soufrière (Video interview from Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary)

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Feature films

Signs of Life (1968) Even Dwarfs Started Small (1970) Fata Morgana (1971) Aguirre, the Wrath of God
God
(1972) The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
(1974) Heart of Glass (1976) Stroszek
Stroszek
(1977) Nosferatu the Vampyre
Nosferatu the Vampyre
(1979) Woyzeck (1979) Fitzcarraldo
Fitzcarraldo
(1982) Where the Green Ants Dream
Where the Green Ants Dream
(1984) Cobra Verde
Cobra Verde
(1987) Scream of Stone (1991) Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness
(1992) Invincible (2001) The Wild Blue Yonder
The Wild Blue Yonder
(2005) Rescue Dawn
Rescue Dawn
(2006) Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
(2009) Queen of the Desert (2015) Salt and Fire
Salt and Fire
(2016)

Documentaries

The Flying Doctors of East Africa
The Flying Doctors of East Africa
(1969) Handicapped Future
Handicapped Future
(1971) Land of Silence and Darkness (1971) The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner (1974) How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck (1976) La Soufrière (1977) Huie's Sermon
Huie's Sermon
(1981) God's Angry Man
God's Angry Man
(1981) Ballad of the Little Soldier
Ballad of the Little Soldier
(1984) The Dark Glow of the Mountains
The Dark Glow of the Mountains
(1984) Herdsmen of the Sun
Herdsmen of the Sun
(1989) Echoes from a Sombre Empire (1990) Jag Mandir (1991) Bells from the Deep (1993) The Transformation of the World into Music (1994) Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (1995) Little Dieter Needs to Fly
Little Dieter Needs to Fly
(1997) My Best Fiend
My Best Fiend
(1999) Wings of Hope (2000) Pilgrimage (2001) Ten Thousand Years Older
Ten Thousand Years Older
(2002) Wheel of Time (2003) The White Diamond
The White Diamond
(2004) Grizzly Man
Grizzly Man
(2005) Encounters at the End of the World
Encounters at the End of the World
(2007) Happy People: A Year in the Taiga (2010) Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
(2010) Into the Abyss (2011) On Death Row
On Death Row
(2012) From One Second to the Next
From One Second to the Next
(2013) Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
(2016) Into the Inferno (2016)

Shorts

Herakles (1962) Game in the Sand (1964) The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz
The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz
(1967) Last Words (1967) Precautions Against Fanatics
Precautions Against Fanatics
(1969) No One Will Play with Me
No One Will Play with Me
(1976) Portrait Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
(1986) Les Gaulois (1988) La bohème (2009)

Other

Incident at Loch Ness
Incident at Loch Ness
(2004)

Books

Of Walking in Ice (1978) Bibliography

Related

Lena Herzog (wife) Lucki Stipetić
Lucki Stipetić
(brother) Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog
Eats His Shoe (1980)

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