Kim Il Sung

Director Werner Herzog risked his life for the thrilling volcano documentary 'Into the Inferno'

Director Werner Herzog risked his life for the thrilling volcano documentary 'Into the Inferno'

In 1976, Werner Herzog visited the small town of Basse-Terre on the island of Guadeloupe, from which thousands of residents had been evacuated after warnings of an impending volcanic eruption. The 30-minute documentary that emerged, “La Soufrière,” focused not on the volcano itself (which didn’t erupt after all), but rather on a lone farmer — a classic Herzogian human enigma — who insisted on staying behind, calmly resigning himself to death.

We see a few scenes from “La Soufrière” in Herzog’s transporting new documentary, “Into the Inferno,” a feature-length companion piece that is very much...

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