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LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD

Director: WERNER HERZOG

98 mins, USA, 2016, Digital


This film was released  28th November 2016, and is no longer screening.

★★★★ Movies.ie

★★★★ Rolling Stone

Werner Herzog turns his singular brand of cultural analysis to the defining technological development of our age – the Internet – and finds it, at best, problematic. Structured as a ten-part essay, the director covers such salient topics as hacking and web addiction to the unforeseen possibilities and dangers of an artificial intelligence that could ultimately eclipse
its creators.

He spends time with those who were present in the late 1960s for the first basic communication between two computers, and questions others as to how we would survive in a post-connected world.

Herzog’s philosophical approach to his material is, as ever, key to its success, his question (reminiscent of Philip K. Dick) ‘does the internet dream of itself?’ being typical of his mode of inquiry in this playful and troubling film from a master of the documentary form. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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