German cinema | Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
Bytowne Cinema Presents:
Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World
On October 29, 1969, the internet was born. Human life hasn't been the same since.
If all the data transmitted online for only one day were burned on to CDs, the pile would stretch to Mars and back. If a directory of people on the internet – like the one that existed when it was in its nascent form – were to be published, it would be 72 miles thick. There’s a young scientist who’s trying to create a robot that’s better at football than Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. These are just a few of the things Werner Herzog fixes his critical eye upon during Lo And Behold: Reveries Of The Connected World, a quizzical look into the seemingly arcane worlds of the web and tech.
Lo And Behold is expansive and ambitious, which is probably why Herzog decided to break it up into 10 chapters, each on a facet of the online and tech world. Via a coterie of charming, if sometimes awkward, experts and geeks interviewed in labs or their own garages, Herzog weaves a fantastical tale that tries to explain the online world inhabited by about 3 billion people.
Despite some of the horror stories within (a case of a family’s privacy being exploited after a horrific car accident is especially grim), the film is fundamentally positive about the technological world that surrounds us. Whether it’s the characters or Herzog’s deadpan delivery, it’s a homage to the outsiders who make the web what it is – something ridiculous and brilliant.
– Lanre Bakare, The Guardian
2016, 98 min, directed by German film maker Werner Herzog, English
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