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‘Could it be the internet starts to dream of itself?’

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

In the film Herzog, references to Prussian war theorist Carl von Clausewitz in Napoleonic times; ‘Clausewitz famously said, sometimes war dreams of itself. Could it be the internet starts to dream of itself?’

Werner Herzog’s latest documentary regards the past, present and future of the Internet with both awe and pessimism. Herzogs film; ‘Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World’, was one of the most anticipated, critically acclaimed and covered films at Sundance last year. 

The film explores the unstoppable digital transformation that’s sweeping the world as we know it, examining the power and fragility of our connected world, featuring technology leaders like Elon Musk and Sebastian Thrun, among others.

wrote Justin Chang, Chief Film Critic at Variety after seeing Werner Herzog’s new film at Sundance; Sundance Film Review here. 

Dave Arnold, executive creative director at Pereira & O’Dell New York says they knew they had an interesting story, but there was a moment when Herzog turned to them and said that this was a feature documentary.

A very interested side note is that according to Jeff Beer from FastcoCreate, the film actually began like any other marketing campaign. This as a conversation between cybersecurity brand Netscout and its agency Pereira O’Dell New York. All apparently inspired by the work Herzog did two years ago for AT&T with a short doc called “From One Second to the Next” for AT&T’s anti-texting-and-driving campaign (YOUTUBE) , the brand and agency came up an idea for a short web series to discuss various aspects of the connected world. Read more here: How A Brand And Ad Agency Made Werner Herzog’s New Hit Sundance Doc Possible. By Jeff Beer.

“As only he can do, Werner Herzog has crafted an endlessly entertaining and thought-provoking analysis of modern technology.”

Sundance: Werner Herzog asks, ‘Does the Internet dream of itself?’

In the august 21016 installment of VICE Talks Film, Ben Makuch sits with the legendary German filmmaker and esteemed existential thinker, Werner Herzog to discuss virtual reality, the future of humanity, and trolling the internet community.

Herzog applies his recognizable voice and sense of wonder to the nebulous world of the internet. Watch the full interview below:

Now streaming on NETFLIX!
The film premiered on January 23rd at Sundance 2016, and since December 22nd. 2016, you can watch the film via Netflix. 

Official website: loandbehold-film.com

Photo credit: Saville Productions.